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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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

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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My hips and kness get sore everyday when i walk. Would getting artificial joint replacement be good?

My hips and kness get sore everyday when i walk. Would getting artificial joint replacement be good?

Other options: There are many other non-operative options for the pain such as oral medicines, bracing, exercises and injections. However the specific cause of the pain needs to be determined before a specific treatment can be recommended. ...Read more

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Are there any other total knee replacement options, other than traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Several choices: Depending on the wear status of the knee, unicompartmental replacement may be an option. Osteotomy (realignment) of the leg may also be an option. As for total knee replacements, there are custom cutting guides, custom implants, and computer navigation options, but none have been shown to be superior to traditional tka performed by an experienced surgeon. ...Read more

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Have scientists found total knee replacement options, other than traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Have scientists found total knee replacement options, other than traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Yes: Depending on the nature of the condition, there are several options. Cartilage repair surgery continues to develop for early knee damage. For more significant involvement of 1 side or compartment of the knee, a partial knee replacement may relieve pain and restore function. If the knee has severe damage, a total knee replacement is indicated. ...Read more

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Could artificial facet joint replacement technology be used for the cervical spine?

Could artificial facet joint replacement technology be used for the cervical spine?

Good idea.: This may be possible in the future. I do not know of any technology such as this that we have access to currently. Artificial discs are being used in the spine, but so far, no replacement for the actual facet joints. ...Read more

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I am 59 yrs old getting my 3rd joint replacement. I have had a shoulder, a hip& I am soon replacing my other shoulder. Is there artificial cartilage?

I am 59 yrs old getting my 3rd joint replacement. I have had a shoulder, a hip& I am soon replacing my other shoulder. Is there artificial cartilage?

Yes: Actually cartilsage can be grown in the lab and can be used to replace the cartilage lost naturally from joints. It can be harvested from your natural cartilage and grown in tissue culture then replanted into the joint. ...Read more

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What is total joint replacement? Is it painful?

What is total joint replacement? Is it painful?

They are painful.: A joint replacement is a surgery in which the damaged joint surfaces are replaced. They vary from one joint to another, but all are used to reduce pain and improve function of the joint. They do hurt, nut we now have ways to make the patient comfortable. Please discuss with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How long is recovery after a full joint replacement?

How long is recovery after a full joint replacement?

4-6 months: If you work hard after shoulder replacement surgery you should get back most of you motion, have excellent pain relief and get most of your function back, which is the ability to perform activities of daily living. ...Read more

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Before joint replacement do you explore other options?

Before joint replacement do you explore other options?

Depends: Depends on extent of arthritic damage on x-rays, and level of functional disability. If arthritis is already severe on x-rays and in terms of function, then proceeding straight away with replacement is sometimes the smartest approach. If arthritis is mild to moderate, then of course replacement should be last option, after arthritis meds, therapy, bracing, and injectable options. ...Read more

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Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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Artificial Joint (Definition)

An artificial joint is a metal or plastic prosthesis that is used in surgical replacements ...Read more