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Doctor insights on: Alternatives To Knee Replacement Surgery

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone (femur), the upper end of the shin bone (tibia) and the undersurface of ...Read more


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Is there any alternative to knee surgery replacement and rotator cuff. Both of them they say I need. Any other alternative to surgery for these two?

Is there any alternative to knee surgery replacement and rotator cuff. Both of them they say I need. Any other alternative to surgery for these two?

Knee Replacement: Knee replacement surgery should only be done to help relieve knee pain caused by arthritis. It should also only be done after you have tried non-operative treatments. If non-operative treatments like injections, medicine, physical therapy aren't working for you anymore that only thing left is knee replacement. However, only have the surgery if you feel the pain is bad enough. ...Read more

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How serious is a knee replacement surgery?

How serious is a knee replacement surgery?

Moderate: General or spinal amethesia 200cc of blood loss risk of infx. And blood clots pulmonary embolis pain 2-5days hospital stay. ...Read more

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Knee replacement surgery? How young can it be done?

Knee replacement surgery? How young can it be done?

You could be 20 year: Knee replacement usually done for older individual but if you have certain disease which make your mobility restricted and have a lot pain could be done early, check with your doctor he will advise you. It is all about the quality of life? ...Read more

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How to reduce swellig after knee replacement surgery?

How to reduce swellig after knee replacement surgery?

Lots of things: Ice it a lot. Get a knee sleeve ice machine and use it when ever you are sitting down or resting for the first 6-12 weeks. I can't stress how much these ice machine sleeves help. Bregg makes a great machine. I believe it is called polar tec. Do lots of isometric quadriceps contractions. Elevate it when your not walking around. Ice after any activity for 10-20 minutes. Where a compression sock. ...Read more

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What can I do to prepare for knee replacement surgery?

Strength: Although most pts are limited with pain prior to a tka, doing excercises to build-up your quads will help. This can be straight leg raises and wall sits. Practice using a cane or crutches as well. Building up your iron stores with a MVI (multivitamin) or eating greens will help limit any affects of postop anemia. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for knee replacement surgery?

How long is the recovery for knee replacement surgery?

Total knee recovery: Full maturation period for a total knee is 12-18 months. This is to achieve final full motion ; strength ; the fluid motion you will have for many years to come. Most people will participate in 6-12 weeks of formal pt.
However, somewhere between 4-12 weeks, people generally stop their formal therapy and continue there lifelong maintenance exercise program. Best outcomes require regular exercise. ...Read more

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How long does pain last after knee replacement surgery?

How long does pain last after knee replacement surgery?

Post TKA pain: The most severe pain is in the first 48 hrs. It should gradually start lessening after that. It depends upon how much deformity is there pre-op. Also pain is a subjective measure. Usually minimal pain by a month. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to box after getting a knee replacement surgery?

Is it okay for me to box after getting a knee replacement surgery?

Yes: Knee replacements can provide years of pain-free activities. The more aggressive the activity, the greater chance to cause problems down the road. Think of them like tires-how you treat them will affect their lifespan. Impact activities like running will shorten their lifespan, while knee-gliding activities like skiing place less stress on them. Chose your miles carefully! ...Read more

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Will I still be able to box after getting knee replacement surgery?

Will I still be able to box after getting knee replacement surgery?

Activity after TKA: That depends on the level of boxing you are participating in. At the recreational level, you should be fine. ...Read more

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Should I still be able to box after getting knee replacement surgery?

Should I still be able to box after getting knee replacement surgery?

Talk to your doc: Talk to your knee surgeon about suggested outcome and restrictions following treatment of your specific knee condition. Many factors enter into the advice you receive. ...Read more

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How long does it take for someone to perform knee-replacement surgery?

How long does it take for someone to perform knee-replacement surgery?

Knee replacement: The length of time depends on the size of the patient, the deformity of the knee, and the expertise of the surgeon. Time can range from 90-180 minutes. ...Read more

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Would if be okay to have knee replacement surgery with venous disease?

Would if be okay to have knee replacement surgery with venous disease?

Treat veins forst: Often it is advisable to treat underlying venous disease before knee surgery. This often makes the knee surgery easier by reducing abnormal venous pressure. This can reduce bleeding and also the chance of blood clots in the abnormal veins. ...Read more

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How long would she be on the mobilizer after knee replacement surgery?

How long would she be on the mobilizer after knee replacement surgery?

Knee immobilizer: Depends on the surgeon. But most surgeons do not use the knee immobilizer after surgery. ...Read more

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Help please! Is forcing knee to bend after knee replacement surgery okay?

Whoa...: ..Only as part of your rehabilitative physical therapy. Don't force anything. Follow your surgeon's and therapists' advice. Good luck. ...Read more

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A 57y/o friend is going for a knee replacement surgery. Any advice before going forward?

Many options: There are many online sites that can provide helpful information. Reliable sites include:
www. Aaos. Org
www. Aahks. Org

your orthopaedic surgeon should be your primary source of information to answer any specific questions that you have. ...Read more

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I am 68 years old facing knee replacement surgery am I too old for this to be beneficial.

I am 68 years old facing knee replacement surgery am I too old for this to be beneficial.

No: Most recipients of total knee replacements are in there 60s and 70s. The 4 main considerations are whether your quality of life is affected significantly enough to warrant a knee replacement in your own opinion; secondly if you have failed attempts to get you better non- operatively; thirdly if there are any medical contra-indications; and finally if you are a candidate for one. ...Read more

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What things have to be taken care of for a person wishing for a knee replacement surgery?

Find a surgeon: You would need to see an orthopedic surgeon who would arrange this /you would need to be medically evaluated as to you general health and ability to undergo anesthesia and surgery this usually means a visit with a medical doc like an internal med doc and some lab testing maybe an ekg (usually done for those with ^ blood pressure/ then it takes a good bit of "paper work" most pts do well. ...Read more

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After a complete knee replacement surgery my knee is bent at 15 degrees, what could be the cause?

Depends: On how long has been since the surgery? Initially its quite common, in the first 1-2 months, & as the pain decreases and motion is regained, it gets better. You need to actively work very hard to get the terminal extension, as it takes the longest to come back.
See your surgeon and continue with pt and own exercises. ...Read more

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How long after double knee replacement surgery will I likely be released to be able to drive? I want to have realistic expectations.

How long after double knee replacement surgery will I likely be released to be able to drive? I want to have realistic expectations.

It vary: It depend on your general health and the out come of the surgery. Let us say you are generally good health and out come of the surgery is good I would say in about 3 month.
Good luck. Thank you. ...Read more

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What happens to torn ligaments during knee replacement surgery?

What happens to torn ligaments during knee replacement surgery?

Balanced: The acl is sacrificed. If the PCL is torn a posterior stabilized prosthesis is used. The mcl & lcl are balanced. ...Read more

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Tell me about total knee replacement surgery?

Great deal: Your question is somewhat vague. Personally, I do minimally invasive surgery using custom, uncemented tka implants which is very important for the younger patients. This includes over 250 knee replacements per year. At your age, make sure you see a surgeon with a great deal of experience. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the cost of total knee replacement surgery?

KNEE REPLACEMENT $$$: Us has the highest cost of knee replacement surgery, from 45000$to70000$ the insurance will cover most, but there are some deductibles and out of pocket expences as well. ...Read more

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How long does a total knee replacement surgery take?

TKA duration: It varies on the deformity, the instruments used, and the experience of the surgeon. Average range of 40-60 minutes. ...Read more

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What anesthesia is best for knee replacement surgery?

What anesthesia is best for knee replacement surgery?

A combined technique: The most eloquent technique is a combined general anesthetic/nerve block approach. Before surgery you get a femoral and sciatic nerve block. This numbs up your whole leg and provides excellent post-op pain control. Some centers will also place a femoral block catheter so you can get more local anesthetic after the operation. Then the general anesthetic keeps you blissfully asleep during surgery. ...Read more

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Will swelling after knee replacement surgery go down?

Will swelling after knee replacement surgery go down?

Yes: A replaced knee is often more swollen than the other for a few months and warmer for even longer. Ice and elevation, along with compression can help a great deal. Nsaids may be of benefit as well. ...Read more

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What are the exercises after total knee replacement surgery?

Strength and motion: Patients lose 30-50% of muscle strength after tka and have to exercise to regain that strength. Leg raising, walking, and progressive exercises to improve the quadriceps function will help. Motion exercises include bending the knee to regain flexion and full extension (straightening). These should be done 3-4 times/day. Bending, biking, and pulling on the leg in flexion will help. ...Read more

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What are common risks of knee replacement surgery in the elderly?

DVT. Swelling: Depend upon which comorbidities are present at the time of the surgery:diabetis, obesity, chf, copd, varicocities etc. Most common ones aredvt (blod clot), swelling, stiffness, infection. Of course there are several possible complications however those are the most common ones. ...Read more