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Will a knee replacement get rid of arthritis pain?

Will a knee replacement get rid of arthritis pain?

Balance risk: Knee replacement is a tough procedure and requires significant physical therapy after surgery. There is a small percentage of unsatisfied patients but if the pt is desperate or have to take strong painkillers around the clock and has no significant risks for the surgery is better to run the risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Will a knee replacement get rid of arthritis?

Will a knee replacement get rid of arthritis?

Yes: Speaking crudely, the old degenerate arthritic joint gets chopped off and thrown away to be replaced by a bionic knee. ...Read more

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Dr. I had a Knee replacement in Nov13/15, How can I get rid of this skin discoloration near the scar? They told me it was normal. Blood and liquid.

Dr. I had a Knee replacement in Nov13/15,  How can I get rid of this skin discoloration near the scar? They told me it was normal. Blood and liquid.

Skin discoloration: It is normal for you to get bruising around the knee following joint replacement. If you are concerned about the scar itself thats a different issue. Bruising will generally take 2-4 weeks to resolve as the body has to absorb the blood cells - drinking plenty water helps. The scar may be inflammed as the sutures placed underneath are absorbed. But any drainage or fever needs to be seen ...Read more

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Do they use laser in the u.S. To get rid of arthro fibrosis of the knee i had a total knee replacement 22 months ago and still have pain and limited mobility and was told by a p.T. That in australia they use lasers to get rid of scar tissue.

Probably: Current evidence is that arthroscopic treatment for post knee replacement stiffness is at best an unpredictable treatment. Once other causes such as infection, loosening and instability have been ruled out the patient may have to decide if the stiffness and pain are bad enough to have the surgery redone. ...Read more

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Do they use lasers in u.S. To get rid of scar tissue I have artho fibrosis of the knee after a total knee replacement

Do they use lasers in u.S. To get rid of scar tissue I have artho fibrosis of the knee after a total knee replacement

Maybe: Arthrofibrosis is a condition that can occur after tka (and other procedures) and results in scarring inside the knee that can cause stiffness and pain. It can be difficult to treat and the cause is not always known. Manipulation, arthroscopic release of adhesions(with a shaver, radiofrequency wand, or laser), and possible revision may be necessary to treat the condition. ...Read more

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Mom is going to get knee replacement surgery but is horrified about deep vein thrombosis. Will the doctor put her on blood thinners to prevent this?

Mom is going to get knee replacement surgery but is horrified about deep vein thrombosis. Will the doctor put her on blood thinners to prevent this?

Ask the Surgeon.: A great question. There are several variations as to the type of blood thinners to use and the times to use them. Most surgeons have their own reasons for choosing the appropriate one. The specifics can include the type of surgery and the medical condition of the patient. Ask the surgeon this question and I'm sure he/she will be glad to explain their reasoning. ...Read more

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Is total knee replacement a best solution for rheumatoid arthritis?

Is total knee replacement a best solution for rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is a disabling disease that can cause severe joint destruction. Treatment should be via non-operative options first- nsaid's, cortisone injections, and other disease modifying agents (e.g. Methotrexate or humira). If the pain from the RA in the knee is no longer adequately treated by the conservative options, total knee replacement is an excellent option. ...Read more

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Been told i need a total knee replacement, are there any alternatives? Psoriatic arthritis

Been told i need a total knee replacement, are there any alternatives? Psoriatic arthritis

Maybe: Medical treatment can treat the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory type of arthritis. Your rheumatologist can tell. Once the joint is severely damaged, a total knee can resurface the knee, reduce the pain, and improve the knee function. An orthopedic surgeon can tell if the knee is ready for this. ...Read more

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Is knee replacement surgery the solution for me for having a chronic arthritis that lately i cannot walk for more than 2 blocks?

Is knee replacement surgery the solution for me for having a chronic arthritis that lately i cannot walk for more than 2 blocks?

Arthritis: Replacement is the last resort. Knee injections, topical applicants, oral medication, PT should be tried. As a last resort Stem Cell / PRP may be tried (not FDA approved) (Insurance usually does not pay) as a cash pay may be worth while looking into. ...Read more

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How many steroid injections for arthritis in the knee can a person have within a year before consideration of a knee replacement?

How many steroid injections for arthritis in the knee can a person have within a year before consideration of a knee replacement?

Varies: The recommendations vary, but in general i tell my patients that 3 injections in a 6 month period is the limit. If you think about it, you really would not want to keep getting them unless they were lasting longer anyway. There are other types of injections that can be done as well that may last longer such as synvisc (hylan g-f 20) as well. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


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