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Will I have to wear a knee brace all of the time if I have a knee arthroplasty?

Will I have to wear a knee brace all of the time if I have a knee arthroplasty?

No: The goal of knee replacement surgery is to create a pain free and stable knee. If the surgeon cannot restore ligamentous stability, you may need a brace. This is possible but rarely occurs. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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What is the purpose of a knee brace after a total knee arthroplasty?

What is the purpose of a knee brace after a total knee arthroplasty?

Knee brace after TKA: It may provide stability if there is an mcl or lcl issue, or if there is some muscular imbalance. Generally braces aren't used postop unless there is a good reason to do so. ...Read more

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How necessary is ?The use of a knee brace after a total knee arthroplasty?

How necessary is ?The use of a knee brace after a total knee arthroplasty?

Not generally: The knee replacement is stable at the time that it is performed. We use your own ligaments and tendons and do not generally harm them during surgery. There are cases where the ligaments (such as the mcl) are stretched during surgery, were moved and reconstructed, or were weak to begin with. In these cases, the knee brace is critical after surgery. ...Read more

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I had a meniscus repair one yr ago wear a knee brace for instability had physical therapy 3 times constant pain what about knee replacement?

I had a meniscus repair one yr ago wear a knee brace for instability had physical therapy 3 times constant pain what about knee replacement?

Unlikely: Knee replacement is done to treat arthritis of the knee. If you are 33 years old, it is unlikely that you have severe arthritis in your knee unless you had a major trauma in the past or have had multiple surgeries. Knee arthritis is easily diagnosed with a plain x-ray. This is where you should begin to see if you have evidence of arthritis. ...Read more

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I have to wear a knee brace for instability of the knee after having mendisic surgery last july I am in constant pain what about knee replacement?

I have to wear a knee brace for instability of the knee after having mendisic surgery last july I am in constant pain what about knee replacement?

Very last option: Knee replacement is your very last option - try everything you can to avoid it as long as you can. That's advice form a doctor who is currently recovering from her second knee replacement at just age 53 after my knee was destroyed and reconstructed at age 19 after being hit by a drunk driver. Knee replacement does not mean pain free. If your knee is stable, seek other options for pain relief first. ...Read more

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How long does a total knee arthroplasty take to do?

How long does a total knee arthroplasty take to do?

About an hour: In my practice the actual surgery takes approx 62 minutes for a man and 54 min for a woman of average weight and height without excessive deformity etc. The anesthesia and prepping and draping generally takes 40 minutes so total time in operating room about 1 hr and 40 minutes. It varies from surgeon to surgeon. I do over 500/yr. Find someone u like, who performs procedure regularly. ...Read more

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Alignment in total knee arthroplasty: where have we come from and where are we going?

Alignment in total knee arthroplasty: where have we come from and where are we going?

vague: So not sure where this question is coming from...However alignment in knee replacement has stayed fairly constant over time. Goal of the knee replacement is to provide a stable knee, a knee that recreates the anatomic joint line, and of course is technically straight so that the load is shared equally. Most of what has changed in this surgery deals with the prosthetic designs. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from knee arthroplasty? My husband is scheduled for knee arthroplasty. How long can I expect him to be recovering? .

How long is recovery from knee arthroplasty? My husband is scheduled for knee arthroplasty. How long can I expect him to be recovering?

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Knee Replacement: Typically 6 weeks. The wound heals in 2 weeks. Physical therapy continues another 4-6 weeks. In case of cemented knee , the patient is walking on it the very next day. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from knee arthroplasty? My husband is scheduled for knee arthroplasty. How long can I expect him to be recovering? .

Depends: Recovery depends on approach, fixation method, age and cofactors. Most patients are out of the hospital in 2-3 days. They walk with a walker for up to 6 weeks. By 3 months they are usually back to normal activities. The above are averages and some people are ahead and some behind those numbers. ...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


Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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Arthroplasty (Definition)

Surgical procedure for replacing a joint in the body which is diseased (e.x. arthritis) ...Read more