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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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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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Would it be a good idea to use heat compression for healing a red eye?

Would it be a good idea to use heat compression for healing a red eye?

Depends: On why you have a red eye. Some types of red eye such as an infection might be aggrevated by heat. A subconjunctival hemorrhage may go away a little faster if you use heat. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to use crutches for a bad sprain when you are out moving ?

Is it a good idea to use crutches for a bad sprain when you are out moving ?

Yes: I recommend you use crutches until you can walk normally. The limp is a sign your injury needs additional healing time. Hobbling around unnecessarily stresses a joint that's trying to heal and you are essentially practicing that limp, which may make it harder to shed when you're healed. I recommend an evaluation by a specialist and physical therapy might be a good idea. Good luck. ...Read more

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After having a motorcycle accident how long after is it safe to get & adjustment? Which is better to seek treatment for this a do or a chiropractor?

After having a motorcycle accident how long after is it safe to get & adjustment?  Which is better to seek treatment for this a do or a chiropractor?

Need medical clear: I recommend a thorough evaluation of the spine and at least xrays to rule out any damage from the motorcycle before considering a manipulation that could aggravate any physical injury from the motorcycle accident. ...Read more

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Would it be a good idea to take antidepressants before geting a piercing or a tattoo? Would it help for the pain?

Would it be a good idea to take antidepressants before geting a piercing or a tattoo? Would it help for the pain?

No: An antidepressant will not lessen the pain from a tattoo or piercing. Some people take an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory med before hand. Auricular acupuncture with asp needles can also be used. ...Read more

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What happens if you ice your ankle with a dry ice packet? How long is safe? Could it cause damage?

What happens if you ice your ankle with a dry ice packet? How long is safe? Could it cause damage?

Thermal injury: Cellular death blistering permanent injury. I suspect pain will limit exposure. But can have numbing effect to point of no pain. ...Read more

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Is it not good to sleep with a knee brace on?

Is it not good to sleep with a knee brace on?

Ask your doctor: The answer to you question can vary depending on you exact condition. Have you knee professionally evaluated and ask your doctor when and for how long you should use your brace. ...Read more

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Could it be a good idea to take pain relief medicine while doing a football condition?

Could it be a good idea to take pain relief medicine while doing a football condition?

Are you for real: Is it a good idea to block pain so you can go out and hurt yourself worse in a contact sport. Find the cause of the pain and get ti resolved before you go out to play a football condition. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still use a rowing machine with a frozen shoulder?

Is it possible to still use a rowing machine with a frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder: I would not advise it especially since you do not have normal range of motion at your shoulder. Supervised physical therapy sessions that include gradual active and passive range of motion exercises would make more sense. Getting a cortisone injection to help relieve pain may be helpful. As your range of motion, strength, and pain improves, then you have less risk of re-injury or worsening. ...Read more

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Would it be unusual for the knee to pop a lot?

Would it be unusual for the knee to pop a lot?

See details: If there is no pain associated with it then it is not an issue. If there is pain, get the knee evaluated. ...Read more

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Will I get a blood clot if I wear a lace-up ankle brace with straps on the airplane? There is no metal in it. Would it help with swelling? Thank you!

Will I get a blood clot if I wear a lace-up ankle brace with straps on the airplane? There is no metal in it. Would it help with swelling? Thank you!

Need to see brace: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful advice without looking at the brace. With or without it, you can reduce you risk of clot formation by moving your legs. You may consult this site for suggestions: https://www.locationrebel.com/airplane-excercises/ For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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When surgery is recommended for ankle instability is it something that i can put off for awhile and just use bracing or does it need to be done asap?

When surgery is recommended for ankle instability is it something that i can put off for awhile and just use bracing or does it need to be done asap?

recommendations: First of all, I do this type of reconstruction. Considerations to try prior to surgery if not already been done.Have you tried extensive physical therapy for rehabilitation and strengthening exercises. Unless you have a completely unstable ankle then surgery is indicated. I feel bracing for prolonged periods is detrimental for ankle instability. Have you tried orthotics and a second opinion. ...Read more

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Would useing crutches for a possible ankle sprain with out knowing if it is a sprain be a good idea?

Would useing crutches for a possible ankle sprain with out knowing if it is a sprain be a good idea?

When in doubt: Staying off-weight bearing using crutches are always a safe bet. I assume you know how to use crutches. The last thing you want to do is break your hip or dislocate your shoulder! ...Read more

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I might have dislocated an elbow. Is it a good idea to place elastic bandage to compress it?

I might have dislocated an elbow. Is it a good idea to place elastic bandage to compress it?

Get an xray: Christy, it is very difficult to sustain a dislocaion of an elbow in that it takes a signicant impact for that to occur. Rest and ice and support for now. Avoid an ace wrap as this may cause swelling above or below the elbow. It is very important for you to get an xray of your elbow to get a correct diagnosis. If the xray is abnormal, you need to followup with an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it safe and okay to wear a big ankle brace on a 5 hour airplane flight? Is it dangerous or will it cause blood clots? Thank you for your time!

Is it safe and okay to wear a big ankle brace on a 5 hour airplane flight? Is it dangerous or will it cause blood clots? Thank you for your time!

How tight?: If the brace is not tight so as to interfere with venous return, it would not add to the risk of blood clots. If the brace has metal in it you may have to go through extra-screening at the airport. If it not medically indicated you may wish to leave it home. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Is the air walker good to use when you have a knee injury?

Is the air walker good to use when you have a knee injury?

Knee Injury: Anything that limits weight bearing should be fine for an injured knee. Rest, Ice and NSAIDs. See a doc if the pain continues. ...Read more

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How long do you usually need to wear a decompression splint after an arthroscopy? Is it normal to have a changed bite after wearing this? Thank you

How long do you usually need to wear a decompression splint after an arthroscopy? 
Is it normal to have a changed  bite after wearing this? Thank you

It varies: Most patients are in splint therapy before arthroscopic surgery, so we often keep them in a splint afterwards. The bite can feel different due to fluid in the joint. This should settle down. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea for knee replacement @95%osteoarthritis in left knee?

Is it a good idea for knee replacement @95%osteoarthritis in left knee?

Depends : In the properly selected patient who has clearly failed nonoperative care and has pain that is clearly coming from an arthritic knee, a knee replacement can potentially have a dramatic impact on lowering there pain and improving their function. I would not hesitate to discuss the risks and benefits if your specific case with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Geriatric knee replacement surgery for an 86 year old woman in good health and bad arthritis; good or bad idea?

Geriatric knee replacement surgery for an 86 year old woman in good health and bad arthritis; good or bad idea?

Ok: It's ok for someone who is in otherwise good health to have knee replacement surgery done if it can improve quality of life. Would first obtain medical clearance. And in many instances knee replacements can be done with regional anesthesia. Speak with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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I had a total knee replacement in 2008 recently my knee has become swollen and warmer to the touch than normal and painful ideas to what's wrong?

I had a total knee replacement in 2008 recently my knee has become swollen and warmer to the touch than normal and painful ideas to what's wrong?

Infected prosthesis: The overwhelming probability is that the prosthesis is infected. You need to see an orthopedist familiar with infections of this nature and an infectious diseases expert and have them confer with you about this. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Can patella tendon pain in a knee replacement be an indication that the tendon may rupture? And will ice or heat be more beneficial

Can patella tendon pain in a knee replacement be an indication that the tendon may rupture? And will ice or heat be more beneficial

Not gonna rupture: Patellar tendon pain is not a sign that it's going to rupture. However ice the better option for helping reduce pain from patella tendinitis. I would consider also taking some oral anti-inflammatories and get physical therapy to help with this which is most effective. Your final choice to consider is platelets rich plasma injections into the patella tendon. Good luck and see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Partial knee replacement 4 wks. I started using aspercreme heat on muscles around knee. Used last night. Just got out of shower and leg burning... ?

Partial knee replacement 4 wks. I started using aspercreme heat on muscles around knee. Used last night. Just got out of shower and leg burning...
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Observe: After knee replacement or other major surgery there can be either numbness or hypersensitivity of local nerves. When you put "heat" creme on hypersensitive nerves, it can cause a burning sensation. It's probably not dangerous. Worth watching if the sensation gets better when you withhold the creme. The main thing to do is make sure you get your range of motion back and strengthen you knee. ...Read more

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Have u ever heard of macoplasty in place of a total knee replacement? If so, is it good? I hate to do invasive total knee replacement if this could help.

Have u ever heard of macoplasty in place of a total knee replacement? If so, is it good? I hate to do invasive total knee replacement if this could help.

Can be good : Procedure but one of the most important issues regarding makoplasties are proper patient choice by the orthopedic doc. Partial knee replacements can be very effective, but for wrong patient it can lead to second surgery and knee replacement. This depends on how much arthritis you have and where it is. Discuss with your ortho to be sure you are an appropriate candidate and go from there. ...Read more

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What is a pretty good run down on post-op knee replacement?

What is a pretty good run down on post-op knee replacement?

Hard work: Usually patients spend 2-3 days in the hospital then transition either home or to a skilled nursing facility. Full recovery can take up to a year, but most of the recovery is complete by 3 months. Most patients can drive by 6 wks and return to work at 2 months. Aggressive rehab and hard work on the part of the patient is essential for a successful result regardless of the surgeon. ...Read more

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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 more

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Would kroger brand xtra strength pain relief pm be a good over-the-counter drug to take for my knee replacement instead of vicoden?

Possibly: Kroger brand xtra strength pain relief is acetaminophen, which is essentially tylenol. It may be weaker for pain than vicodin, but you will likely have less side effects than the vicodin if you are sensitive to narcotics. If the pain is not severe, i would go with the tylenol. Motrin and Ibuprofen are good over the counter options, but i would not take it constantly for a long time. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have full use and range of motion after knee replacement? Will my knee be just as good as new after knee replacement, or will there be less range of motion or other limitations? .

Is it possible to have full use and range of motion after knee replacement? Will my knee be just as good as new after knee replacement, or will there be less range of motion or other limitations?

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Should improve: The majority of the time your pain will get better. Your range of motion is at least to 90 degrees and many times past 120 there are however many complications which may occur with knee replacements. ...Read more

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Would kroger brand xtra strength pain relief pm be a good over-the-counter drug to take for my knee replacement instead of vicodin?

Would kroger brand xtra strength pain relief pm be a good over-the-counter drug to take for my knee replacement instead of vicodin?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Arthritis strength tylenol (acetaminophen) is helpful. Vicodin (hydrocodone) is a narcotic and the chronic use of narcotics for pain control can cause serious side effects, including narcotic dependence, narcotic tolerance, and hyperalgesia (hyspersensitivity to pain). This class of drugs should not be used to treat arthritis pain unless no other options are effective. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a total knee replacement surgery for 87 year old woman in good health, but horrible arthritis?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a total knee replacement surgery for 87 year old woman in good health, but horrible arthritis?

Depends: Arthritis can be horrifically painful and disabling. If the patient is healthy enough and willing to accept some risks then surgery is recommended. Major risks assuming the surgery is done correctly include: infection, blood clots, heart attack, stroke and even death (these are rare but they can happen) major benefits are pain relief and major improvement in quality of life. ...Read more

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My 72 year old father is thinking of having knee replacement surgery. He has had two strokes but, remains in very good health. How dangerous would this be?

My 72 year old father is thinking of having knee replacement surgery. He has had two strokes but, remains in very good health. How dangerous would this be?

That's : That's a good question for his primary care physician or specialist that treated him for his stroke. The most dangerous part for him would be that his surgeon may want him to be off aspirin, Plavix (clopidogrel) and any other blood thinners prior to surgery. This may put him at risk for another stroke. Do not let him stop these medications unless he clears it with the doctor that is prescribing them. ...Read more

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My mom weight is 86 kgs. Her knee xray shows no gaps between two bones in both knees doctors suggested for knee replacement. At 48 yrs age is it good.

My mom weight is 86 kgs. Her knee xray shows no gaps between two bones in both knees doctors suggested for knee replacement. At 48 yrs age is it good.

Degree of pain: The only real reason to replace the knee joint is intractable pain uncontrolled with safe, non habituating medication, joint injection and other conservative measures. If the pain is daily, impacting her life adversely, and uncontrollable then joint replacement is indicated x-rays notwithstanding. ...Read more