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How necessary is ?The use of a knee brace after a total knee arthroplasty?
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Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu
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Dr. Donald Hohman Jr
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
In brief: No need
I do not brace patients after total knee replacement only in extreme circumstances.

In brief: No need
I do not brace patients after total knee replacement only in extreme circumstances.
Dr. Donald Hohman Jr
Dr. Donald Hohman Jr
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Dr. James Bruckner
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Usually not needed
Knee replacement rely on the integrity of the medial and lateral (inside and outside) ligaments.
All total knee replacements substitute for the anterior cruciate ligament, and many for the posterior cruciate as well. If a brace is used after surgery, it is generally because the medial ligament is thought to be weak, or is injured in the course of the operation.

In brief: Usually not needed
Knee replacement rely on the integrity of the medial and lateral (inside and outside) ligaments.
All total knee replacements substitute for the anterior cruciate ligament, and many for the posterior cruciate as well. If a brace is used after surgery, it is generally because the medial ligament is thought to be weak, or is injured in the course of the operation.
Dr. James Bruckner
Dr. James Bruckner
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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Knee brace
Usually not needed unless ligament instability is a problem.

In brief: Knee brace
Usually not needed unless ligament instability is a problem.
Dr. John Michalski
Dr. John Michalski
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