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What's artificial disc replacement surgery rehab?

What's artificial disc replacement surgery rehab?

Progressive: For cervical, encourage ambulation day one, with progress towards longer walks, getting the heart rate up. Simultaneously, passive range of motion of the neck, increasing as tolerated, with return to low impact upper extremity weights, bands after two weeks, increased as tolerated, keeping total weight to a level where the surgical site is isolated and effort is smooth, and easy. ...Read more

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Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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How is cartilage replaced during hip reconstructive surgery?

How is cartilage replaced during hip reconstructive surgery?

It's not. : Cartilage is found at the ends of bones, where they articulate. When the hip is replaced, usually both sides of the joint are replaced. The hip joint is a ball and socket. The head of the femur is the ball and the acetabulum is the socket. The two replacement parts slide against each other, so there is no need for cartilage. If we replace cartilage, it might be simpler! ...Read more

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Is knee microfracture surgery successful?

Is knee microfracture surgery  successful?

Yes: Usually it help to rebuild the cartilage but it take time. ...Read more

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Titanium knee joint replacement possible?

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Titanium knee joint replacement possible?

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 more

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Has anyone had arthroscopic surgery for articular cartilage repairing?

Has anyone had arthroscopic surgery for articular cartilage repairing?

Certainly: I haven't had it done to myself, but the surgery is often performed on new cartilage tears where we can put back the piece that has torn or broken off. We often fix them with absorbable screws that the body will take away over time. The articular cartilage is not very forgiving, so a damaged portion of cartilage is often permanently damaged. In those cases, there are transplantation options. ...Read more

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Can arthroscopic knee surgery correct fracture of femoral condyle?

Can arthroscopic knee surgery correct fracture of femoral condyle?

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

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Recovery after hip replacement surgery is relatively short, correct?

Recovery after hip replacement surgery is relatively short, correct?

Yes: Recovery from hip replacement is short involving assisted walking, falls prevention, and general strengthening. The leg may hurt and swell for a few weeks after surgery, so pushing it too fast is unwise. In general, though, mobility returns quickly. ...Read more

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Are there total knee replacement options, besides traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Are there total knee replacement options, besides traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Yes: Alternatives to total knee replacement include partial knee repalcement and osteotomy. Partial knee replacement is done if the arthritis is confined to only one part of the knee. Osteotomy is done if there is an angular deformity contributing to overloading of one side of the joint. ...Read more

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Is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery imporant?

Is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery  imporant?

Very important: Therapy is important after knee replacement in order to regain all of your range of motion and in order to work on strengthening the knee so that you can have a normal gait (walk normally without a limp.). ...Read more

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Will medicare cover a knee joint replacement surgury?

Will medicare cover a  knee joint replacement surgury?

Yes.: If deemed medically necessary, yes. Joint replacement surgewry is almost always considered elective. ...Read more

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Advanced articular cartilage loss in medial compartment of tibio-femoral and patella-femoral joints. Would partial (unicondylar) knee replacement work?

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

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What patients can undergo artificial disc replacement surgery?

What patients can undergo artificial disc replacement surgery?

Need specialist: There are several locations and surgeons who perform many disk replacements and can answer your questions about who can get a disk replacement. Fda regulations specify age 18-59. There cannot be much instability in the segment being considered for disk replacement. Make sure you investigate the place where you're considering having it done- preferably a place that participated in the studies. ...Read more

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Is there an anterior cruciate ligament replacement surgery?

Is there an anterior cruciate ligament replacement surgery?

Yes: We call it acl reconstruction or anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. We remove the dysfunctional acl and replace it with a tendon of similar size by placing it within tunnels drilled in the original position of the acl. The tendons come from your own knee or can be taken from donor cadaver tendons of the knee, foot, or ankle. Acl reconstruction tend to be very successful surgeries. ...Read more

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How successful is ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

How successful is ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

Very successful: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery has undergone considerable changes over the past decade. Intensive research into the biomechanics of the injured and the operated knee have led to a movement away from the techniques of the early 1980's characterized by post operative casting and delayed rehabilitation, to the current early rehabilitation program which in made the result better. ...Read more

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What is hip replacement revision?

What is hip  replacement revision?

See details: The initial artificial hip or a component of the hip is replaced by a new hip or component. ...Read more

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What is hip replacement surgery for?

What is hip replacement surgery for?

Hip replacement : Tha is primarily done for painful deformity from irregular hip ball and socket. Arthritis, trauma, avn, scfe, perthes, among other developmental diseases can be the culprit. ...Read more

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What is involved in knee manipulation after total knee replacement surgery?

What is involved in  knee manipulation after total knee replacement surgery?

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 more

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Is heart valve replacement surgery successful?

Is heart valve replacement surgery successful?

Yes: But, it depends on the diagnosis and indication for the procedure, as well as the experience of the cv surgeon. ...Read more

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