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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is a disabling disease that can cause severe joint destruction. Treatment should be via non-operative options first- nsaid's, cortisone injections, and other disease modifying agents (e.g. Methotrexate or humira). If the pain from the RA in the knee is no longer adequately treated by the conservative options, total knee replacement is an excellent option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I need to have a partial knee replacement. Who is the best ortho doc in san jose, ca or san francisco to do this?
What is the best treatment for severe nerve pain that pain meds do not work on? I have had two back surgeries, and knee replacement and still have excruciating stabbing knee pain that I have been told is nerve pain coming from my back. Pain medication an
I'm looking for the best orthopaedic surgeon to do a knee replacement on my 82 year old mother both knees, eventually, need replacement; the left knee is most painful for her. She suffers from osteoporosis and is on session (month?) 17 (of 26) with forte
There : There is no "best" surgeon, but there are better and worse ones. If you're willing to travel, there are a couple of places known for their studies and experience with joint replacements. However, that is not recommended. Having a surgeon near home allows for more complete follow-up care. You do not state where your mother lives, but if she is near you in bakersfield, there are a number of surgeons available. Plan to visit at least 2, possibly 3, before making a decision. First look at training. Many joint replacement surgeons have specific fellowship training. Next look at experience--how many joints do they do per year? Once you are comfortable that the surgeon is capable of doing a technically good job, base your decision on how he/she interacts with your mother (you are not the patient, she is). There should be a good rapport and she should feel like all her questions and concerns have been addressed. No one surgeon "meshes" with every patient. We all have our personality differences and those can affect patients' care. Find the surgeon who is "right" for your mother. This is elective surgery, so don't make any hasty decisions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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