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tell me about knee replacement surgetu?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Life Changing: If you have a bona fide need for replacement and have seen a reputable orthopedist, this surgery can change your life. You will have <1 week in the hospital, perhaps a week in rehab if any, and will have 2-6 weeks of rehabilitation to go through pending any complicaitons, your general health and condition. You will have some pain, stiffness and muscle atrophy, thus the therapy. Ask a lot of ?'s.
Dr. Susan Jolly
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 37 years experience
Okay: Knee replacement surgery is performed for the diagnosis of arthritis. It is a very successful surgery if done for the correct reasons. It is necessary to have a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon to determine who is an appropriate candidate for this surgery.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Knee replacement: Perhaps the one surgical procedure that can most improve quality of life. Resurfacing of the femur, tibia, and patella to remove arthritis.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I avoid knee replacement?

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Dr. Michael Granberry
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Avoid further damage: Many conditions conspire to cause damage to the cartilage lining of the knee joint. Avoiding impact injury by activity modification can help slow progression osteoarthritis. Weight loss, and smoking cessation are also recommended. Correction of angular deformities is quite useful, by use of a brace or surgical. Arthroscopy has been shown to be of limited use for this purpose.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Sublingual N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG) is effective in reducing pain of arthritis and I have had about half of my patients contemplating replacment surgery cancel after recieving IM Injections as well as sublingual forms of it. Unfortunately, in my experience, oral forms of glucosamine purchased over the counter don't seem to be as effective. email at www.medacpc.com for more info
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A 26-year-old member asked:

Could it be a good idea to use heat after knee replacement?

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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
No: After surgery, ice tends to work better.
A 28-year-old member asked:

When is a knee replacement recommended?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
The last step: Knee replacement or total knee arthroplasty is recommended when three criteria are met. First the patient has to have x-ray evidence of joint degeneration. Second the patient has to have failed non-surgical treatment. Third the pain caused by the arthritis has to be limiting the patient or decreasing quality of life. In the end it is the patient that decides when to have knee replacement.
A 68-year-old female asked:

When do you know a knee replacement is indicated?

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Dr. Peter Corrado
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Many factors: Many factors may enter into the decision to replace a knee. Patient age, severity of pain, degree of disability and patients overall suitability for an operation and rehab are all considerations. Discussion with an orthopedist experienced in the proceedure is your best bet.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover from a knee replacement?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
8-12 weeks: You could start walking the second day with therapy and if you are in good shape the progress will be faster.

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