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Dr. James Flanagan

Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
Birmingham, AL
49 years experience male

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Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Languages spoken

English

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Torn trapezius: Orthopedic surgeons, if it needs repair.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Patellar tendon: If you have a complete patellar tendon rupture you would require surgical repair or reconstruction.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Weather changes: Drops in barometric pressure can cause baroreceptors around joints to send discomfort messages to your brain.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Hip pain: There are several situations which may cause you to have these symptoms, such as snapping hip syndrome, labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement, ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Lateral release: You would need to reconsult you surgeon since he or she already knows the status of your joint.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Shoulder recovery: It should take 3-4 months.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Meniscal tear: The indications for surgery are locking or catching, knee giving way, recurrent fluid on the knee, pain that you can't live with, and failure of conse... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
MCL tear: There is an extensive exercise protocol for mcl rehab. You should consult with a physical therapist.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Hip prosthetic life: Today's hip implants should last 20 to 30 years. But factors such as activity and patient size may shortened the life expectancy.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Hip pain: There are multiple causes for hip pain. You need to see an physician for diagnosis and appropriate treatment
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Hip replacement: This depends on several factors. The type of approach you had for your hip replacement, whether anterior, anterolateral, or posterior. It also depen... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Shoulder infection: It is possible for any joint to become infected. Septic arthritis can occur from hematogenous(blood stream) or lymphatic spread or from penetrating i... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Painful knee: You should consult with your doctor if this is a persistent problem.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
IM rod removal: Approximately 6 weeks if bone well healed.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
MRI after THA: You should be able to have a MRI on any other part of your body without problems. With newer programs being developed you will be able to have a MRI ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Knee surgery: This is something ;you need to discuss with your surgeon. There are different approaches and indications for this type of surgery.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Calf size: Your calf which has been in the cast is smaller because of muscle atrophy. If you don't use it, you lose it. You just need to get on an exercise prog... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Hamstring strain: Recovery make take as long as 6 weeks. You need to get with a physical therapist and start rehab this may shorten your recovery.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
MRI: You may have a MRI in other areas of your body, but a MRI about your replaced knee would be affected by the metal from the prosthesis.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Calf pain: Calf pain associated with calf swelling can be signs of post operative deep vein thrombosis. You should see your doctor or surgeon to see if you need ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Prosthetic limbs: Only if they are battery powered.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
THA timing: Until recovered for knee surgery , usually 4-6 weeks.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Infected hip: It is certainly possible to have hematogenous spread to a prosthesis from a urinary tract infection.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Knee pain after ACLU: If you had a patella tendon bone-tendon-bone autograft it is possible to develop patellar chondromalacia(cartilage deterioration on back of kneecap). ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Patella femoral synd: This is a painful entity involving the articulation of the kneecap with the distal end of the thigh bone. Pain can be secondary to abnormal tracking ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
SI joint fusion risk: Infection, nonunion, nerve injury, urinary retention,
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Colonoscopy: Prophylactic antibiotics for any mucous membrane manipulation such as a colonoscopy will help prevent a possible blood borne prosthetic infection.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Only if chronic: Chronic draining sinus from infected joint can lead to squamous cell carcinoma.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
TKR: If a person had a total knee replacement and had problems or wearing of the prosthesis it is certainly possible to do a revision total knee replaceme... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Wrist rehab: You can resume tennis after you have rehabilitated upper extremity and have regained good range of motion and strength. Consult with your physical the... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
MCL tear: The popping and pain is more likely due to a meniscal tear associated with your mcl injury.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Burning fat: You can alter your exercise program by swimming or bicycling, stationary.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Knee click: The click is caused by metal impacting against plastic, a common finding after total knee replacement.
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A member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
ACL tear symptoms : Pain and instability of knee joint.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Pregnancy: If you get pregnant your doctor will probably postpone any surgery until after you have delivered your baby.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Prevention : The resting night splint will only prevent progression of deformity, but will not correct the deformity already present.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Clicking noise: This is usually the metal impacting against the plastic in the device. This is a common finding.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Slap tear: Many high school, college, and professional athletes return to their sport after having this surgery. With appropriate rehabilitation you should be a... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Discoid meniscus: You should be able to resume normal activities after 4-6 weeks of rehabilitation.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Torn meniscus: If you have had a meniscal tear that was repaired or partially removed, it is possible to have another torsional injury to retear the meniscus or caus... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Madelung's deformity: This can be a congenital or an acquired deformity of the wrist. The congenital deformity may be complex with the distal radius being longer than the ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Painful kneecap: Several conditions about the anterior knee can cause this type of pain, such as chondromalacia of the patella, quad tendinitis, plica syndrome, chroni... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
LCL strain: Lcl strain should heal in 4 - 6 weeks with appropriate bracing and rehabilitation.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Meniscal tear: Another way is to have and arthrogam of the knee with a post arthogram cat sacn.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Fracture femur: Once your fracture has healed and you progress with an appropriate rehabilitation program you should be able to walk.
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Orthovisc: If you don't get at least 6 months relief from synvisc (hylan g-f 20) injection, it is highly unlikely you would get much benefit from orthovisc injec... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Removal of patella: You should be able to walk just fine. You will need to over develop your quadriceps muscle on that side since you lost the patella which acts as a fu... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Knee sprain: It is possible that your injury caused some other internal derangement in your knee, such as a meniscal tear or surface cartilage injury. You should ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Post THA PT protocol: It depend on the type of approach you had for your total hip. You should consult with your surgeon and physical therapist to determine the correct pr... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction 49 years experience
Post cast atrophy: Since you have been in a cast for several weeks, you rmuscles have undergone atrophy and therefore are weak. Your joints which were immobilized by th... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Flanagan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Flanagan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thx. I think i have a retear because the pain level is highweeks later
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! This gives me some comfort.I'm having a difficult recovery from tkr 8
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1973MD

Residency

University of ALABAMA HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgeon , Third Place, National - Summer
2013
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