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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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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 ...Read more


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What is the best predictor of outcome after total hip or knee arthroplasty?

What is the best predictor of outcome after total hip or knee arthroplasty?

Many factors: Contributors to outcomes following joint replacement include patient and surgeon factors. While a technically well performed replacement will help the eventual outcome, the patient controls most of the factors; such as preoperative fitness, range of motion, and postoperative drive to rehabilitate. ...Read more

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What are the scars like after a knee arthroplasty?

5-10 inches: The incision is made vertically over the kneecap. We use a minimally invasive technique that results in a smaller scar. ...Read more

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How long does rehabilitation last after knee arthroplasty? I'm having knee arthroplasty. For how long will I have to do rehab after the surgery? .

How long does rehabilitation last after knee arthroplasty? I'm having knee arthroplasty. For how long will I have to do rehab after the surgery?

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3 months: Typically after total knee arthroplasty (knee replacement) surgery, rehab lasts for about 3 months. The rehab involves regaining full range of motion and regaining normal strength in the thigh mucscles. ...Read more

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How necessary is ?The use of a knee brace after a total knee arthroplasty?

How necessary is ?The use of a knee brace after a total knee arthroplasty?

Not generally: The knee replacement is stable at the time that it is performed. We use your own ligaments and tendons and do not generally harm them during surgery. There are cases where the ligaments (such as the mcl) are stretched during surgery, were moved and reconstructed, or were weak to begin with. In these cases, the knee brace is critical after surgery. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of a knee brace after a total knee arthroplasty?

Knee brace after TKA: It may provide stability if there is an mcl or lcl issue, or if there is some muscular imbalance. Generally braces aren't used postop unless there is a good reason to do so. ...Read more

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Is the knee arthroplasty a risky thing to do?

Is the knee arthroplasty a risky thing to do?

It Depends: Any surgery has associated risks. Knee arthroplasty is a big procedure. It is very helpful when indicated, however. Risks vary depending upon your overall health, medical conditions, level of fitness. Medical issues such as diabetes and heart disease increase the risk of any surgery. It is best to talk these risks over with your primary care physician as well as your orthopedist. ...Read more

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What kind of complications might happen from a knee arthroplasty?

What kind of complications might happen from a knee arthroplasty?

Many Possible: There are quite a few possible complication from a knee arthroplasty. This is best discussed with your surgeon. But in general, for the right patient, it is a good procedure. ...Read more

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Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a knee arthroplasty?

Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a knee arthroplasty?

Sure: Iv for general anethesia if your going to let someone resurface your knee with metal amd plastic why worry about the needle? ...Read more

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...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