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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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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?

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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