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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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How long does a total knee arthroplasty take to do?

How long does a total knee arthroplasty take to do?

About an hour: In my practice the actual surgery takes approx 62 minutes for a man and 54 min for a woman of average weight and height without excessive deformity etc. The anesthesia and prepping and draping generally takes 40 minutes so total time in operating room about 1 hr and 40 minutes. It varies from surgeon to surgeon. I do over 500/yr. Find someone u like, who performs procedure regularly. ...Read more

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Do glucosamine supplements help with knee arthroplasty recovery?

Do glucosamine supplements help with knee arthroplasty recovery?

No: Glucosamine is a building block in the formation of knee cartilage, so some have recommended taking it as a dietary supplement to improve the health of your knee cartilage. In a knee arthroplasty, the cartilage is removed and the knee is resurfaced/replaced with a metal and plastic prosthesis. Since there is no cartilage left, any benefit, which is theoretical anyway, would not be seen. ...Read more

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What is the cost of total knee arthroplasty in government hospital malaysia?

What is the cost of total knee arthroplasty in government hospital malaysia?

Varies: In the us hospital charges vary by region, hospital size, teaching status, and number of joints performed per year. In the us typical total charges (including the hospital stay) are typically from $32, 000-52, 000. ...Read more

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Will I have to wear a knee brace all of the time if I have a knee arthroplasty?

Will I have to wear a knee brace all of the time if I have a knee arthroplasty?

No: The goal of knee replacement surgery is to create a pain free and stable knee. If the surgeon cannot restore ligamentous stability, you may need a brace. This is possible but rarely occurs. ...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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How long is recovery from knee arthroplasty? My husband is scheduled for knee arthroplasty. How long can I expect him to be recovering? .

How long is recovery from knee arthroplasty? My husband is scheduled for knee arthroplasty. How long can I expect him to be recovering?

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Knee Replacement: Typically 6 weeks. The wound heals in 2 weeks. Physical therapy continues another 4-6 weeks. In case of cemented knee , the patient is walking on it the very next day. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from knee arthroplasty? My husband is scheduled for knee arthroplasty. How long can I expect him to be recovering? .

How long is recovery from knee arthroplasty? My husband is scheduled for knee arthroplasty. How long can I expect him to be recovering?

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Depends: Recovery depends on approach, fixation method, age and cofactors. Most patients are out of the hospital in 2-3 days. They walk with a walker for up to 6 weeks. By 3 months they are usually back to normal activities. The above are averages and some people are ahead and some behind those numbers. ...Read more

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What are the scars like after a knee arthroplasty?

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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Where is a knee arthroplasty usually done? At a hospital?

Yes: Knee arthroplasty or replacement is usually performed at a hospital with length of stay ranging from 2-4 days. Sometimes, in the healthiest and youngest patients, it may be performed in an outpatient setting. ...Read more

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What disease causes the patient to require a total knee arthroplasty?

What disease causes the patient to require a total knee arthroplasty?

Arthritis : The most common reason for a total knee arthroplasty or replacement surgery is severe arthritis of the knee. This is typically osteoarthritis, but can also be rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, or arthritis from other causes such as psoriasis. ...Read more

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Which disease caused the patient to require a total knee arthroplasty?

Which disease caused the patient to require a total knee arthroplasty?

Osteoarthritis: The most common indication for a total knee replacement is osteoarthritis (oa). Oa is generally referred to as the "wear and tear" type of arthritis that becomes more common as our bodies age. Other types of arthritis that can lead to the need for knee replacement could include: rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis- as a result of previous injury to the knee. ...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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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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What is the purpose of a knee brace after a total knee arthroplasty?

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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What are questions I should ask the doctor about a right total knee arthroplasty?

What are questions I should ask the doctor about a  right total knee arthroplasty?

Knee replacement: Why?-pain and lack of mobility. Good for 15-25 years. How quick do I heal?- as soon as you get out of bed (the next morning you need to be on a chair and possibly walkiing a bit). Your physcial therapy is important, is all you. If you are not proactive then you'll have problem. It takes about a year to completely feel comforatable with the new joint. The first 3 months are critical. Up up. ...Read more

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Alignment in total knee arthroplasty: where have we come from and where are we going?

Alignment in total knee arthroplasty: where have we come from and where are we going?

Holding steady: Alignment is one factor that can affect the long term function of tka. Traditional alignment tools work fine in experienced hands. Computer navigation and custom cutting tools made from ct or MRI modeling have not proven to be any better at this time than traditional means and increase the cost of care. See an experienced total knee expert. ...Read more

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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