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Can you describe the pathophysiology of a total knee replacement, please?

Can you describe the pathophysiology of a total knee replacement, please?

TKA: I'm not sure exactly what you mean. But a tka is a resurfacing procedure that removes irregular surfaces and corrects angular and rotatory deformities by using a modular, specifically measured and fit tibial, femoral, and patellar components. This helps regain normal knee biomechanics of flexion, extension, rotation, and roll. ...Read more

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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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I am having knee replacement in april, 2013. I can't take opium pain medication. What else can I take to relieve the pain? Thanks, dee

Many Choices: It would be very wise to meet with a pain specialist prior to your surgery to set yourself up for success. Alternative investigation too may help: meditation, acupuncture, massage. Possible meds include pain blocker Gabapentin (neurontin) anti inflammatory such as meloxicam, naprosyn, (naproxen) etc opiate alternative tramadol (warning; addictive too) seek specialty advice. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had a knee replacement and now my knee dosent ben t?

What do you advise if i had a knee replacement and now my knee dosent ben t?

See Ortho doc: you may need exercises to range your knee, however if there is something wrong with your replacement the orthopedic doc may need to further evaluate you. ...Read more

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On june 10 th I have knee replacement. My knee doesn't respond as well as i expect. It doesn't flex enough. I will have knee manipulation. What is this?

On june 10 th I have knee replacement. My knee doesn't respond as well as i expect. It doesn't flex enough. I will have knee manipulation. What is this?

Post surgical knee: Scar tissue that forms following surgery may prevent full range of motion. If physical therapy cannot resolve this, manual manipulation is performed to break the scar tissue ...Read more

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Symptoms of a loosened knee replacement?

Symptoms of a loosened knee replacement?

Pain and swelling: Implant loosening causes pain, especially with weight bearing. The knee generally will make more lubricating fluid as well, causing swelling. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from a knee replacement?

Is it possible to die from a knee replacement?

Mortality TKR: This is certainly a complication of any surgery. It will be necessary to get medical clearance by your primary doctor and/or pulmonologist or cardiologist if you have any lung or heart conditions prior to the surgery. Mortality from total knee surgery is exceedingly low. You will be placed on a blood thinner after surgery to prevent blood clots. ...Read more

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What to if I am having a knee replacement soon and i was just wondering what to expect?

What to if I am having a knee replacement soon and i was just wondering what to expect?

3-6 month recovery: This surgery can improve your function and pain level but takes a while to recover. The hospital stay is usually 2-3 days, followed by 4-6 weeks of therapy to regain the knee motion and strength. Post operative pain can be managed with pain medication. Sleeping may be interupted at night for 6 or more weeks due to knee discomfort. Energy level after surgery takes 2-3 months to return. ...Read more

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How useful is a total knee replacement?

How useful is a total knee replacement?

VERY, if indicated: Total knee replacement (tkr) is a real success stories of modern medicine. When indicated, a tkr can be a overall health game changer. Tkr recipients usually regain levels of activity that became otherwise impossible or intolerable (walking, biking, stair climbing). Aerobic exercise in turn provides excellent support for overall cardiopulmonary health. Discuss tkr with your orthpaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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When is a total knee replacement needed?

When is a total knee replacement needed?

Total knee needed: The most concise answer is when arthritic knee pain is not relieved any longer by nsaids, therapy, cortisone injections, hylauronic acid injections, knee braces, ice, nutritional supplements or arthroscopy and x-rays show advanced arthritis and cartilage loss or spurs. When function is impaired and activity declines from pain. Or, when start subtracting things you enjoy from your life due to pain. ...Read more

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