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What can be expected after having a total knee replacement?

What can be expected after having a total knee replacement?

Pain...and work!: Assuming the knee was placed correctly, now it is up to you and the other health care providers to assure the best chance of you being satisfied with the results. You and your md are a team... As is your pt. You need to religiously perform your stretching exercises, attend your pt sessions and let your doc know of any issues quickly since the first few months are critical. ...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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What can be expected after a total knee replacement for pt?

What can be expected after a total knee replacement for pt?

Physical therapy: Physical therapy is an integral part of the total knee replacement process. Many orthopaedic surgeons will start pt prior to surgery ("pre-hab"). Therapy is usually started immediately after surgery in the hospital. Upon discharge from the hospital, pt is usually done 3x/week for 4-12 weeks, depending on the rate of the patient's recovery. ...Read more

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How soon after having a total knee replacement can you have your other knee done?

How soon after having a total knee replacement can you have your other knee done?

Surgeon preference: It is possible to do both knees at the same time in some patients. Your surgeon may or may not do this. Staged procedures can be done several days or weeks later in some cases, while most people will wait 6 weeks or more to have the other knee done. You should discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What leg motions can be done after a total hip replacement?

What leg motions can be done after a total hip replacement?

It depends...: Early movement restrictions are based on the surgical method used. Extreme positions need to be avoided in the first 6 weeks no matter what. If an anterior approach is used, hyperextension combined with rotating the foot outward can be a problem. If a posterior approach is used, the risky move is hip flexion (bringing hip up to chest) combined with internal rotation. Eventually, most are safe. ...Read more

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What restrictions will I have after a total hip replacement?

What restrictions will I have after a total hip replacement?

Not many: After hip replacement, i allow my patients to return to any activity that they are comfortable doing. Every patient finds certain things they can and certain things they cannot do comfortably. For example, I have a champion powerlifter, but he is not comfortable jogging. I have a bilateral hip replacement patient who is training for a marathon. All i ask is that they get an x-ray every 1-2 yrs. ...Read more

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What can I expect after a hip replacement?

What can I expect after a hip replacement?

Buttocks pain: Buttocks muscle pain from surgery sixweeks also hip abductotrs muscle on side of hip that pul leg away will be sore you canwalk the next day the groinpain fromarthriris gets better quickly after. ...Read more

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What is normal recovery after having a partial knee replacement?

What is normal recovery after having a partial knee replacement?

Hopefully quick: Partial knee replacements tend to progress at a much faster rate than a total. Often times, within one-two weeks, you should be getting around quite well without much pain. ...Read more

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Could i return to school after a total hip replacement?

Could i return to school after a total hip replacement?

Yes: Within a coulpe of weeks you should be able to tolerate sitting for an hour or so on a pillow. ...Read more

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What should I expect after a partial knee replacement?

What should I expect after a partial knee replacement?

Relief from pain: A partial knee replacement involves a resurfacing of one of three parts of the knee (medial, lateral , or patella-femoral compartments). There may be some lateral knee numbness after surgery. Recovery is quicker than a total knee replacement; usually @6 weeks. After surgery you need to take an antibiotic before any dental or GI procedures and avoid high impact activities. ...Read more

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Is it common to fx leg during manipulation knee after total knee replacement? What other complications can happen? Mine being done in 4 weeks

Is it common to fx leg during manipulation knee after total knee replacement? What other complications can happen? Mine being done in 4 weeks

No: It is very uncommon to fracture a leg during a manipulation. It would be most likely in a patient with osteoporosis or severe weakening of the bones. Manipulation is most effective in the 1st 6-12 weeks after total knee replacement, although in some cases may be helpful beyond that time frame. ...Read more

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Had bilateral hip replacement surgery 1 month ago. How soon can I begin anabolic injections? Is there a time frame from operation that I should wait?

Depends: If you are taking Anabolic steroids on your own , ( could be the cause of your hip degeneration ) you will be damaging your body and looking for trouble in general at 34 very little medical indications , or if you are taking for medical need ask the doctor you rx ed the medication. ...Read more

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If a person had a total hip replacement (anterolatera), then what are stable leg motions?

If a person had a total hip replacement (anterolatera), then what are stable leg motions?

Stable: These are exactly what their name implies; motions that promote a stable leg; and this is important especially after hip/joint replacement as part of the rehabilitative process. Ask the orthopedist/physical therapist for more about this. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have an infection in my knee after having a partial knee replacement?

Pain, swelling fever: A bacterial infection always produces pain and swelling. A severe one with strep or staph aureus will create a hot knee with fever and constitutional symptoms. Taking fluid out of the knee for analysis is the most definitive test. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the kneecap to be wiggly after total knee replacement? (1 week since surgery)

Is it normal for the kneecap to be wiggly after total knee replacement? (1 week since surgery)

Potentially: I would discuss any concerns with your surgeon, but there certainly is some degree of healing that must occur in the patella after a knee replacement. The patella is actually inverted inside out to expose and replace its undersurface with a polyethylene bearing surface, then the medial aspect of the quadriceps mechanism, which helps in tracking of the patella, must be divided and then repaired. ...Read more

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Can a person b alone after having knee surgery for replacement if someone is with her for the first 2 weeks after surgrry?

Can a person b alone after having knee surgery for replacement if someone is with her for the first 2 weeks after surgrry?

Depends...: Depends on how the knee replacement patient is doing and how autonomous he/ she is @ this point post- op. Many older patients will require help w/ bathing , stairclimbing, and will not be able to drive yet. Home health nursing and physical therapy can be provided prior to d/c from hospital. ...Read more

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What can be anticipated for a partial shoulder replacement?

What can be anticipated for a partial shoulder replacement?

Major surgery: A partial or total shoulder replacement is the same thing in terms of how major the surgery is. It is an open incision on the shoulder and the ball is taken out with a metal replacement put in. Typically 1 - 2 day hospital course. Sling for 6 weeks with physical therapy. Full recovery can be about 5 - 6 months. Is this for you? That is young to do it, unless you have necrosis of the shoulder. ...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