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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

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there 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 that's 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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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

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a total knee replacement surgery for 87 year old woman in good health, but horrible arthritis?

Depends: Arthritis can be horrifically painful and disabling. If the patient is healthy enough and willing to accept some risks then surgery is recommended. Major risks assuming the surgery is done correctly include: infection, blood clots, heart attack, stroke and even death (these are rare but they can happen) major benefits are pain relief and major improvement in quality of life. ...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? .

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 a better alternate to knee replacement for arthritis patient aged 60?

Is there a better alternate to knee replacement for arthritis patient aged 60?

Probably not: If you are literally bone-on-bone there may be no better options. You can try injectable lubricants or cortisone injections but they will usually no work for advanced disease. Likewise with nsaids. ...Read more

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Is knee replacement the best solution for rheumatoid arthritis?

Is knee replacement the best solution for rheumatoid arthritis?

Maybe: It depends on what is causing the pain and how bad the pain is. There are many medical and non-surgical treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, but if required, knee replacement is an appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have pain in one knee. The pain eases when I walk or use it. I think it might just be arthritis. I'm worried about knee replacement?

X-ray for djd dx: Usually a simple x-ray will tell us if you have arthritis. There are many other treatments for arthritis prior to knee replacement. ...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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My ortho Dr said I have no cartilage in my knee with severe arthritis. He suggested PT to begin with. Then possible knee replacement. Will PT help?

Varies: It varies somewhat, but in general PT does not do a lot for end stage arthritis in the knee. The main good non surgical alternative is visco-supplementation, which is the injection of lubricating fluid into the knee to supply sime "cushion"; synvisc (hylan g-f 20) is one example of this. ...Read more

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How long should one put off a knee replacement if you have grade 4 arthritis?

How long should one put off a knee replacement if you have grade 4 arthritis?

Pain level: The decision for knee replacement should be made based on your level of pain and possible deformity to the knee secondary to arthritis. I am a physician that believes a knee replacement should not be limited by age. If a 50 year old needs a knee replacement then it should be done. I would build up the muscles around the knee which will help during the rehab process. Be in the best shape possible. ...Read more

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My mother is 76 yrs old. She is suffering from arthritis, advised to have total knee replacement. How come?

My mother is 76 yrs old. She is suffering from arthritis, advised to have total knee replacement. How come?

Need evaluation: As a rheumatologist we advise people on surgery but need to know many things. What is the involvement of the knee? What does imaging show? X-ray, mri? Ultrasound? Is she exercising? What are her true limitations? What are her associated medical conditions? Is she able to stick to a strict physical therapy rehabilitation program? Has she been doing that now? Pt - important for success. ...Read more

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Geriatric knee replacement surgery for an 86 year old woman in good health and bad arthritis; good or bad idea?

Geriatric knee replacement surgery for an 86 year old woman in good health and bad arthritis; good or bad idea?

Ok: It's ok for someone who is in otherwise good health to have knee replacement surgery done if it can improve quality of life. Would first obtain medical clearance. And in many instances knee replacements can be done with regional anesthesia. Speak with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Which serjary is better for ostio arthritis knee replacement or ostiotomy?

Which serjary is better for ostio arthritis knee replacement or ostiotomy?

TKR: Depending on your function level, one surgery may be better than the other. Usually tkr is better. ...Read more

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Terrible insomnia, due to pain take already, dilaudid, zoplicone 7.5, vimova, what do I do? Awaiting knee replacement, rheumatoid arthritis, reasons for pai

Terrible insomnia, due to pain take already, dilaudid, zoplicone 7.5, vimova, what do I do? Awaiting knee replacement, rheumatoid arthritis, reasons for pai

Consider seeing a: Clinical psychologist who specializes in pain management or health psychology. He/she can teach you some techiniques to help, e.g., clinical and self hypnosis. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm 32 and MRI says I hve loss of cartilage and bone on bone due to severe arthritis will I need a osteotomy? Or knee replacement

Stay away from TKA: At 32, a total knee replacement is ill-advised. If you have wear in one compartment only, we generally recommend joint sparing procedures such as an osteotomy, or cartilage restoration procedures. ...Read more

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Doc thinks I hve osteoporosis in my right knee from the MRI all my cartilage is gone due to arthritis do I hve to hve a knee replacement?

Let me explain: I see you are 32 years having osteoporosis on the knee reflect to me you are not using your knee properly? Why you cartilage is gone must be a reason for that? Ask the doctor? As far the knee replacement unless you have sever arthritis I would not recommended it. ...Read more

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I Have bone on bone knee arthritis. I feel September 18th 4 days prior to total knee replacement. I fractured my femur neck. How longbefore I'm walkin?

I Have bone on bone knee arthritis. I feel September 18th 4 days prior to total knee replacement. I fractured my femur neck. How longbefore I'm walkin?

Varies: It varies based upon the type of femoral neck fracture you had and type of surgery used to fix it. For example, in a displaced femoral neck fracture we often do a cemented hemi arthriplastyband you can begin walking on it that day. In a fracture fixed with screws, weight bearing is based in part on the quality of bone purchase noted intra operatively. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have knee arthritus but I have mobility and stiffness, no pain. Is a knee replacement in the horizon. Thanks!

Good operations: But do what you can yourself first!
weight control, exercizes, physical, therapy.
The artificial joints seem to be improved regularly so no rush!
be sure to review all your risks, and lifestyle benefits of major surgery. ...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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How can I prevent weight gain after knee replacement?

How can I prevent weight gain after knee replacement?

5000 steps daily: Put your new knees to the test and walk, walk, walk. You will fell better, sleep better, burn serious calories, and definitely lose weight. ...Read more

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What are the most common complications of knee replacement? What kinds of complications most commonly occur during or after knee replacement, and how can I prevent them? .

What are the most common complications of knee replacement? What kinds of complications most commonly occur during or after knee replacement, and how can I prevent them? .

Common: Common complications include deep venous thrombosis ("blood clot"), infection, and inadequate motion. For DVT and loss of motion, cooperate fully with your doctor"s orders for getting out of bed and working with the physical therapists after surgery. Remind the hospital staff to replace any mechanical pumps that squeeze your legs or feet after they are removed for hygiene, etc. Do your best to stay with the prescribed use of the "knee movement" machine you may have on your leg after surgery. It is important that you inform your surgeon if you have had a "blood clot" in the past or if there is an unusual family history of "blood clots." for infection, be sure to notify your doctor of any rashes or skin lesions you may have, get your teeth checked to make sure that you have no dental infections, ask about a nasal culture to make sure you are not a bacteria "colonizer" of mrsa, and notify your physician if you have any urine or bowel problems. If you are diabetic, work hard to follow your diet and take your medications to optimize your blood sugar control, and, of course, if you smoke, quit. ...Read more

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Can lateral release help prevent future need for knee replacement?

Lateral release: Lateral release which is surgically incising and releasing the connective tissue connecting the lateral or outer aspect of the patella to the femur. Performing a lateral release will have no bearing on the need for a knee replacement. ...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, 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 of ...Read more