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Told I need a knee replacement. What are my options?

Told I need a knee replacement. What are my options?

Many: Understand your problem and get a second opinion. Discuss options such as injections (steroid vs non-steroid), arthroscopy, osteotomy, and partial knee replacement vs total knee replacement. Other less likely option may include cartilage transplantation. ...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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Husband had knee replacement it went bad. What are our options now?

Husband had knee replacement it went bad. What are our options now?

Depends?: If your husband has developed an infection then the best option is to be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon who is specially trained in joint replacement surgery to give you options. ...Read more

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Which is a better option: knee replacement or prolotherapy?

Which is a better option: knee replacement or prolotherapy?

Simple stuff first: There are very few downsides to trying prolotherapy. You can try prolotherapy and if it does not work then consider other options for arthritis such as knee replacement. Knee replacement is the last option and should be considered after several other arthritis treatment options have been exhausted. There is no going back to prolotherapy after tkr. ...Read more

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Are there options for total knee replacement surgeries or they all the same?

Are there options for total knee replacement surgeries or they all the same?

Yes options: There are several types of total knee designs. Most major companies make good products today. If you are young, ask your doc the survival rates of the design they use. There are several designs now with >20 year survivorship. Most important variable is a great installation with precision alignment and ligament balancing by your surgeon. If only one side is worn look into makoplasty partial knees. ...Read more

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Does knee replacement treat arthritis? Is knee replacement a good option for treating arthritis? .

Does knee replacement treat arthritis? Is knee replacement a good option for treating arthritis?

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Arthritis: Arthritis by definition is the loss or wearing away of the articular cartilage within the knee joint. In a total knee replacement, the cartilage is replaced with the prosthetic components, thereby getting rid of the arthritis permanently. For severe, end-stage arthritis, knee replacement is the best option. ...Read more

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Is there an option to repairing a knee that has worn out cartilage, other than total knee replacement?

Is there an option to repairing a knee that has worn out cartilage, other than total knee replacement?

MAKOplasty: I have performed over 560 makoplasty procedures and it is very very safe . It is superior to all other techniques for precise installation of partial knee replacements. When performed by an experienced makoplasty surgeon, it allows us to balance the tension of your ligaments within a millimeter and make the implants track centrally so they last decades. Mine all go home the same day, little pain. ...Read more

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Knee pain. Knocked , hyperextended n arthritic knees. 56. Too young for knee replacement. Other treatment options?

Knee pain. Knocked , hyperextended n arthritic knees. 56. Too young for knee replacement. Other treatment options?

Visco sup. Injection: Knee strengthening program which should also include core strengthening plus shock absorbing foot orthoses can be helpful.Also visco supplementation injections( syngvisc or Orthovisc) to help lubricate the joints and if in pain cortisone . ...Read more

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When does an orthopedic surgeon come to a conclusion that a partial knee replacement is the only option?

When does an orthopedic surgeon come to a conclusion that a partial knee replacement is the only option?

Up to you !: Replacements are done for severe pain associated with knee arthritis. Arthritis is like losing the tread on your car tire. Many treatments short of replacement include medications, therapy, injections and arthroscopy. When these don't work, the next, and only option, is replacement. Partial replacement is only for specific arthritic conditions, and not the most common option. Ask your surgeon! ...Read more

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Are there total knee replacement options, besides traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Yes: Alternatives to total knee replacement include partial knee repalcement and osteotomy. Partial knee replacement is done if the arthritis is confined to only one part of the knee. Osteotomy is done if there is an angular deformity contributing to overloading of one side of the joint. ...Read more

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