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How common is it for someone to need a total knee replacement?

How common is it for someone to need  a total knee replacement?

Quite common: Knee replacements are quite common, usually in the setting of advanced osteoarthritis of the knee. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Total Knee Replacement (Definition)

Total knee replacement: a surgical procedure in which damaged parts of the knee joint are replaced with artificial parts. They cap the end of the thigh bone , under surface of the knee cap and the top surface ...Read more


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How common is it for someone to need a knee revision surgery?

How common is it for someone to need a knee revision surgery?

Uncommon: It is relatively uncommon to require total knee revision surgery. It may be necessary for a number of reasons. The three most common are infection in the joint, loosening of the original components, and wear of the plastic (polyethylene) insert. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a thyroidectomy?

Common: In this day & age where people are getting imaging studies more frequently, "incidental" thyroid nodules are found more easily, leading to more biopsy and more surgery. Approx 50, 000 new thyroid cancer cases are expected in 2011 resulting in approx 2000 deaths. The decision to proceed with surgery depends on discussion between you and your treating physicians (surgeon, pcp & endocrinologist). ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a radical mastectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a radical mastectomy?

Uncommon: Radical mastectomy involves removing the breast, adjacent nodes, node dissection in the armpit, pectoralis muscle and enveloping membranes. It is disfiguring, painful and rarely needed. On if you have neglected obvious signs of breast cancer would this be considered. Muscle sparing mastectomy is more common as is lumpectomy. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a myomectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a myomectomy?

Very Common: Many women have fibroids. Some women don't have problems from fibroids, but other women have painful periods, heavy bleeding, pelvic pressure, pain with sex, or infertility. The only way to remove fibroids is surgery and so myomectomy is very common. Myomectomy can be done in different ways so not every surgery is the same. ...Read more

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What is the reason to go for total knee replacement?

What is the reason to go for total knee replacement?

Improved Lifestyle: When knee pain created by arthritis becomes constant, interfering with daily activities and the ability to sleep, then it is time to consider replacement. If medically stable and suitable for postop rehab, then it could be time for replacement. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a splenectomy?

How common is it for someone to need  a splenectomy?

Not too common: Removal of the spleen is generally reserved for conditions such as trauma or accident with spleen rupture. Other conditions could be from disease called itp causing low platelets. There are some rare lymphoma cancers than may need splenectomy. Also rarely is severe spleen enlargement from uncommon blood or bone marrow disorders. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a hysterosalpingography?

How common is it for someone to need a hysterosalpingography?

Very Common: Hysterosalpingography or hsg is still one of the first tests of infertility for all women. This test helps to determine whether the fallopain tubes are open and whether the uterine cavity is normal. Traditionally it is performed using x-rays and a contrast dye. Recently I have been using a new device (femvue) to inject saline with air bubbles and use ultrasound to determine if they are open. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a tonsilectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a tonsilectomy?

Not common anymore.: Tonsillectomy used to be so common that the family practitioner did it in children in the office, give them ice cream and send them home. Since the 60's, was understood that tonsils are important lymph tissue, that drains uris. Now there needs to be defined indication to do it, such as 3 significant strep infections over 1-2 years. So, an infection disease or ENT expert should be in the decision. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a gastric bypass?

How common is it for someone to need a gastric bypass?

Very common: Less then 30% of the american population actually has a normal bmi. Obesity is a major epidemic in this country and is rapidly expanding, especially in the adolescent and preadolescent age groups.Surgery is performed in 1% or less of those individuals who are consider candidates for these procedures. Surgery for obesity, especially over the last ten years has become increasingly more popular. ...Read more

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What is a typical recovery time for a hip replacement? How soon can I return to work?

What is a typical recovery time for a hip replacement? How soon can I return to work?

Don't rush back: The patient knows the requirements of their particular job. People who need to be on their feet a lot should wait 6 weeks. Sedentary workers can return on a limited basis earlier. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

How common is it for someone to need a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

VERY common: App. 750, 000 people/year have this operation in the US, alone! While it certainly is an invasive procedure, it is a relatively painless way to cure people of a very bothersome illness. Perhaps in years-to-come we may discover a non-surgical alternative, but, at this time, this remains the gold-standard for treating gallbladder disease. ...Read more

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How common is it to need to have surgery for a MCL tear?

How common is it to need to have surgery for a MCL tear?

Very uncommon: The mcl (medial collateral ligament) tears outside of the knee joint. Because of this, the torn fibers are close enough to each other that they almost always heal and scar down own their own. In rare cases where there is persistent instability (looseness), we can repair or reconstruct the mcl. ...Read more

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What is the youngest age you can have a total knee replacement?

What is the youngest age you can have a total knee replacement?

HTO, UKR, TKR option: The younger the patient, the more we like to try and find an alternate procedure to a TKR (total knee replacement). High tibial osteotomy(, HTO), and even more so- Unicompartmental knee replacement (UKR) options are being utilized to improve function in the younger adults. When all else fails or becomes non-feasible, a TKR can be a option even in the mid 30's. Discuss ALL options with your surgeon ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a neck cta?

How common is it for someone to need a neck cta?

CTA of the neck: Cta of the neck is usually done to evaluate arteries in the the neck. Usually the carotid or vertebral arteries. Most common reason is to evaluate narrowing in there arteries. ...Read more

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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