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Best Knee Replacement Hardware
Yes: Most knee replacements are made of cobalt alloys because they are harder. The titanium is generally too soft to work as a knee surface. There is, however, one total knee replacement made of titanium where they have hardened the end of the titanium (making it a ceramic compound). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Patellar brace with-: A doughnut in it to keep the patella reduced in its place, preventing it from dislocating again. ...Read more
Both have become : Very common and routine procedures. These have the best outcomes done by surgeons who do a lot of them. However, a lot also depends on the status of the patient with obesity, malnutrion, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, osteoporosis, presence of autoimmune diseas such as lupus, clotting disorders, prior blood clots or dvt, varicose veins and deformities in legs all having an impact. ...Read more
Knee locking: You should have this discussion with your surgeon. If he does not give you a satisfactory answer and solution, it is okay to get a second opinion. ...Read more
Forceful bending: A total knee replacement that has not regained adequate knee flexion after surgery can by treated with a manipulation under anesthesia. This procedure involves the manual disruption of fibrous scar tissue that can sometimes develop within the knee joint. Dedicated range of motion exercises, with a physical therapist and done independently, are critical to the success of this procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Closed kinetic chain: Closed kinetic chain exercises and quadricep set exercises are the best exercises. Hamstring flexibility and achilles flexibility is a must. ...Read more
Does knee replacement treat arthritis? Is knee replacement a good option for treating arthritis?
Arthritis: Arthritis by definition is the loss or wearing away of the articular cartilage within the knee joint. In a total knee replacement, the cartilage is replaced with the prosthetic components, thereby getting rid of the arthritis permanently. For severe, end-stage arthritis, knee replacement is the best option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: These screws were designed for use in acl reconstructions. ...Read more
Advanced articular cartilage loss in medial compartment of tibio-femoral and patella-femoral joints. Would partial (unicondylar) knee replacement work?
Maybe: This decision is best made by your own orthopedist who has direct access to your x rays. A second opinion never hurts. In someone so young, if you can get away with something short of a total joint replacement, it is always preferable to do so. ...Read more
No cartilage in knees, bone on bone, and knee caps are misaligned. Do i need total knee replacement surgery?
Total knee surgery: Possibly, however the decision to perform a total knee replacement doesn't just depend on xray findings of "bone on bone" arthritis. Many non-surgical options are available to improve symptoms of knee arthritis in an effort to delay surgery such as: medications, injections, braces, activity modification, and physical therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This depends on ...: What kind of dislocation? I would guess your knee cap slid out of position and when it came back a piece of the knee cap fractured. In this case the knee cap fracture dictates the treatment course. If the fracture is out of position you may need surgery. If it is not, bracing followed by pt can be helpful. Ultimately if knee cap is unstable you may need surgery to repair ligaments. ...Read more
Can assist: Certain fracture patterns of the femoral condyle can be assisted by using arthroscopy. It can judge whether out not the fracture is significantly displaced or if there is an associate cartilage damage. Some fractures can be percutaneusly resuced and screws place tohold the fragments in place and not require an open procedure. ...Read more
Can a menisectomy, extruded meniscus stage 3 osteoarthritis lead to an earlier total knee replacement?
Yes: If you have stage 3 oa, you have lost much of the cartilage on that side of the knee. If the rest of the knee is normal, there are options such as osteotomy or partial knee replacement that can work well if medical treatments or injections do not keep you comfortable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Extremely important: Physical therapy is crucial for full functional recovery after a total knee replacement. I believe that therapy should start as soon as possible, ideally the day after your surgery. Physical therapy should include soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, and strengthening exercises. Finding a skilled physical therapist is key to a complete recovery after receiving your new knee joint. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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