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Hip And Knee Replacement Surgery
Both have become : Very common and routine procedures. These have the best outcomes done by surgeons who do a lot of them. However, a lot also depends on the status of the patient with obesity, malnutrion, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, osteoporosis, presence of autoimmune diseas such as lupus, clotting disorders, prior blood clots or dvt, varicose veins and deformities in legs all having an impact. ...Read more
If one has initial stages of OA in the hip or knee, is it inevitable that hip or knee replacement surgery will happen?
How can I avoid it?
Not inevitable : Hip and knee OA are very frequent and is OA in the weight bearing joints, thus weight loss and exercise to strengthen the muscles surrounding this joints is key. The x-ray can showed bone on bone OA but what matters is if you are having pain. If pain and had tried lose weight and PT, then try medications first, even injeccions. If nothing works then consider surgery if your lifestyle is affected. ...Read more
Find a surgeon: You would need to see an orthopedic surgeon who would arrange this /you would need to be medically evaluated as to you general health and ability to undergo anesthesia and surgery this usually means a visit with a medical doc like an internal med doc and some lab testing maybe an ekg ( usually done for those with ^ blood pressure/ then it takes a good bit of "paper work" most pts do well. ...Read more
Short and long-term: Anesthesia reactions including heart attack, stroke, allergy, etc. Infections, early about 1% of the time, and possibility of late infections years later. Blood clots and pulmonary embolus. Blood loss, only 5-10% will need transfusion. Persistent pain, swelling, and stiffness. 95% of patients have good to excellent results 3 months after their replacement. Late failure of implant from wear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be supportive!: Joint replacement surgery is significant surgery with a prolonged, and sometimes arduous, recovery. The best thing you can do to help is be supportive, both emotionally as well as physically. She will need physical assistance upon returning home, and if you can be there to help that will be very beneficial. But she will also have days where she will need your emotional support. Good luck! ...Read more
Preservation vs repl: Bone preservation vs bone replacement. Based on your age each has an advantage over the other. After 40 years of age replacement is a more predictable procedure. ...Read more
Had knee replacement 4 weeks ago and my body is itching uncontrollably. Does it have anything to do with surgery?
When will i be able to walk after knee replacement? How soon after knee replacement surgery will i be able to walk on my own?
When will i be able to walk after knee replacement? How soon after knee replacement surgery will i be able to walk on my own.
6 weeks: All depend of the surgeon protocol and what kind of total knee was done.In general you should be able to start walkink with a walker 2d day after surgery with partial wb.You could be walking on your own probably after 4 to 6 weeks. ...Read more
I have an Injury to my knee replacement.
Swelling, pain instability.
From car accident 2 days ago.
Any thoughts on avoiding another surgery?
See your Orthopedist: Once a joint replacement is in, the bone is thin around that site. A smaller amount of trauma might crack (break) that thin bone. When you have continued pain after injury, go get more tests to see if that could have happened. The ER could do the test, but your "Bone Dr." should be consulted. ...Read more
R Knee replacement surgery 5/21 & have pain outer side and stiffness back and left of knee. Normal? What to do improve pain,stiffness.weaknesdo walk,
Knee replacements: There are multiple causes of post-operative knee pain/stiffness after knee replacement. Your pain seems to be located mostly in the outside of the knee. This could be from impingement of the knee replacement components on the soft tissues. Recommend getting new x-rays and consulting with an orthopedic surgeon ...Read more
Lots of things: Ice it a lot. Get a knee sleeve ice machine and use it when ever you are sitting down or resting for the first 6-12 weeks. I can't stress how much these ice machine sleeves help. Bregg makes a great machine. I believe it is called polar tec. Do lots of isometric quadriceps contractions. Elevate it when your not walking around. Ice after any activity for 10-20 minutes. Where a compression sock. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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