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Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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Artificial Joint (Definition)

An "artificial joint" is a term describing a joint that has been operated on and typically replaced by a synthetic joint with the goal of improving pain and/or function of the joint. A common example is a patient who has a painful, arthritic knee and undergoes ...Read more


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Will doctors perform joint replacement?

Will doctors perform joint replacement?

Yes: Most joint replacements are performed by orthopedic surgeons. Go to one who specialize in you joint problem. ...Read more

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Which kind of activities will not damage my prosthesis or total joint replacement?

Which kind of activities will not damage my prosthesis or total joint replacement?

Low impact: A joint replacement of the hip or knee can withstand normal day to day activities. High impact activities such as running or jumping will lead to increased wear and potentially premature failure of the prosthesis. Keep your muscles healthy and conditioned via a regular program of low impact activities such as walking, swimming, biking is recommended. ...Read more

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What is total joint replacement? Is it painful?

What is total joint replacement? Is it painful?

They are painful.: A joint replacement is a surgery in which the damaged joint surfaces are replaced. They vary from one joint to another, but all are used to reduce pain and improve function of the joint. They do hurt, nut we now have ways to make the patient comfortable. Please discuss with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How long is recovery after a full joint replacement?

How long is recovery after a full joint replacement?

4-6 months: If you work hard after shoulder replacement surgery you should get back most of you motion, have excellent pain relief and get most of your function back, which is the ability to perform activities of daily living. ...Read more

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Before joint replacement do you explore other options?

Yes: Joint replacement surgery is not an easy affair. Talking to an orthopedic surgeon about strategies to avoid it is a smart option. Surgery is the last place to start. ...Read more

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Can joint replacement be done on fingers?

Can  joint replacement be done on  fingers?

Finger joint pain: Finger joints such s the mcp ( big knuckle) the pip ( next joint down can be replaced though commonly for the pip joint border digints are arthrodesed or fused. Distal joint ( near the nail) are more communal fused as well. The thumb joint at the base typically has some form or excisional joint arthroplasty or a fusion depening upon several factors. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a joint replacement surgery done?

Where do I go to get a joint replacement surgery done?

Orthopaedic surgeon: I would see an orthopaedic surgeon who is board certified, specializes in joint replacment and operates at a hospital that does a large volume of joint replacments. A good place to look is www.Aahks.Org. ...Read more

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Could successful joint replacement be done on the small finger?

Could successful joint replacement be done on the small finger?

Not commonly done : These are not commonly performed because the history of finger joints has not be so good. They dont last long and they loosen out of the bone and the tendons pull the fingers off to the side over time. Probably not the choice most orthopaedic surgeons would choose for themselves except in a few circumstances. Fusion of a painful arthritic finger joint is probably the better option. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: joint replacement surgery?

Ok: In short the old joint is cut away and new surfaces are placed securly ont the cut surfaces. Som with bone cement and some use bone ingrowth to fix the component, in essence the old is replaced by new. They consist of combinationd of titainium, surgical stainless and plastic (high density polyethylene). Remember done = no going back. Think it over well. ...Read more

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What kind of complications might happen from a joint replacement surgery?

What kind of complications might happen from a joint replacement surgery?

A few common ones:: Bleeding, infection, blood clots, damage to nerves, arteries or veins, dislocation, fracture, failure to improve the pain, need for more surgery, short term loosing of the new parts and long term wearing out of the prosthesis. ...Read more

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What therapy is offered for people un recovery after a joint replacement?

What therapy is offered for people un recovery after a joint replacement?

Structured: Therapy after joint replacement is very structured and started almost immediately after surgery. Depending on the joint, usually a cpm (continuous passive motion) machine is utilized to help maintain range of motion. Later, resistance exercises are started to build/maintain strength. Check with your orthopedist for your specific situation. ...Read more

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How long will I be noticeably swollen for after a total joint replacement of the tmj's?

Everyone is differen: This is a question that really can't be given a clear answer. Everyone heal at there own pace, so it depends on you., and how extensive the joint replacement is. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will i be noticeably swollen after a total joint replacement of the tmj's?

Can someone tell me how long will i be noticeably swollen after a total joint replacement of the tmj's?

Long time: 4-6 weeks. BUT, be careful about a TJR in the TMJ. Get SEVERAL OPINIONS before you do it. Big operation with big risks. ...Read more

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What is finger joint replacement?

What is finger joint replacement?

As it sounds: There are joints in the hand that have joint replacements available. In this procedure, the diseased joint is respected and replaced with a mechanical one with the goal of reducing pain and improving function. ...Read more

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Given that you can't get a joint replacement since navicular isn't one, how would they treat AVN of the tarsal navicular?

Given that you can't get a joint replacement since navicular isn't one, how would they treat AVN of the tarsal navicular?

Avascular necrosis: AVN refers to a disruption of the vascular supply to a bone. Early treatment involves protecting the bone from stress. If late in the process and bone has been damaged beyond repair then either bracing or surgical joint fusion can be considered. Consult a podiatrist or foot and ankle specialist to evaluate and discuss treatment plan. ...Read more

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Does the fda play any role in joint replacement?

YES: The fda regulates implants used in joint replacement. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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Arthroplasty (Definition)

Surgical procedure for replacing a joint in the body which is diseased (e.x. arthritis) ...Read more