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Reasons You Need Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Michael Sutton, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Total knee or hip replacements, formerly done mostly on people between 60 and 80, are now being done on many active people younger than 60 and, yes, individuals older than 80, who don’t want to lose their mobility.

Arthritis Meds and FDA Warning

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Michael Sutton, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

In early 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered stronger warning labels on non-prescription NSAIDs.

Tips on Exercising After TJR

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Nigel Watt, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Exercise is a key to successful recovery after a knee or hip joint replacement. The goals are simple, but essential:

Special Training to Avoid ACL Injury

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is:

Young & Old: Delaying Knee Replacements

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview on “Good Morning Pee Dee” Radio with Patrick Denton, MD, Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

“Of all the people I see for knee problems, probably only 1 in 10 needs a total joint replacement,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Patrick Denton, MD. “The other 9 can be treated with a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedurel or some advice and recommendations on how to treat their knee arthritis.”

Knee Joint Replacement: When Is It Time?

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview on “Good Morning Pee Dee” Radio with Patrick Denton, MD, Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

Will I need a joint replacement? And, if so, when will it be time?

From an interview on “Good Morning Pee Dee” Radio with Patrick Denton, MD, Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

“Knee replacement is the end-all of a natural disease process,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Patrick Denton. “Obviously, we want to maximize any conservative treatment before we take people to surgery.”

Medically reviewed by Dr. Michael Sutton McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Did your sister, brother, mother or father have a knee or hip joint replacement? Then, read on.

30-Year Knee Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD

Total knee joint replacement surgery has been performed for about 30 years. Over those years, incremental improvements in materials and designs have raised the expected life of the “new” knees to 10 to 20 years.

Medically reviewed by Barry Clark, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Total joint replacement is great. But it’s not magic,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Barry Clark. “Patients return to many of the activities that they did – or were trying to do – before surgery. Range of motion is increased. Pain is reduced or alleviated. Quality of daily life returns. However, joint replacement doesn’t make you younger, run faster, or golf better than you did before your joints became a problem.”

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Florence

Knee replacements tripled in people ages 45 - 64 from 1997 - 2009.
-- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery

Risks of Delaying Joint Replacement Surgery

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD


As you talk with your Orthopaedic Surgeon about a knee or hip joint replacement, here are two facts to keep in mind:

Before/After Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview with Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

For many patients, the actual surgery involved with Knee or Hip Joint replacement is the easiest part. After all, you’re asleep. Your Orthopedic Surgeon and his team are doing the work.

TJR: What does it all mean?

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by: David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“It is important that hip and knee replacement patients are informed of what is going to happen as they prepare for and recover from total joint replacement surgery,” says McLeod Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. David Woodbury. "Preparing for surgery can be overwhelming. Therefore, it is important for patients to ask questions especially if they are unsure or do not understand what their doctor said."

Is Total Joint Replacement Worth It?

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics 

There’s no doubt about it. The number of hip joint and knee replacements is growing. Most total joint replacements are performed on patients over the age of 65, but in the 10 years before 2009, the number of knee and hip replacements tripled for those aged 40 - 50.

Medically reviewed by Eric Heimberger, MD

Hip Joint Replacements are one of the most successful procedures available today. Hundreds of thousands Americans will have a hip replacement just this year. The most common reasons you might need a hip replacement are arthritis (either Osteoarthritis from “wear and tear” or chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis) or an injury to the hip that triggers arthritis or causes bone damage. “We encourage patients to try medications, injections or physical therapy before moving to surgery,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Eric Heimberger, MD. “People from age 50 can benefit from the total joint replacement if their hip pain limits everyday activities (as simple as walking), if pain continues after resting or at night, and if the non-surgical efforts don’t bring relief.”

Medically reviewed by David Lukowski, MD

Think about what medical professionals call your “activities of daily living. For the rest of us, this means brushing your teeth (ow!), tying a shoelace (ouch!), making a cup of coffee (argh!), starting your car (ache!), reaching for your wallet (uugh!)… Almost anything you do during the day requires use of your wrist, hand and thumb. Pain makes the entire day a struggle.

Medically reviewed by Pat Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

One-third of Americans age 65+ will suffer from Osteoarthritis, commonly caused by normal “wear and tear.” Most often, it significantly affects your hips and knees, the body’s weight bearing joints. Since the first total knee joint replacement in 1968, along with 1) better techniques, 2) longer-lasting materials, and 3) mature adults as young as 50 seeking to stay active longer, this procedure has become increasingly common. Some 700,000 knee replacements are performed annually in this country. And it may climb to more than 3 million a year by 2030.

Medically reviewed by David Lukowski, M.D. McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

The quarterly report was nearly finished… when they hit Margaret. Pins and needles in her hand. A dull ache in her arm. “It’s not as bad as last night,”  she thought. “But it really hurts.” Margaret struggles with pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – a problem with the wrist that’s three times more likely to trouble women than men. “In the wrist, there is a small tunnel with the carpal bones forming the bottom and sides,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Dr. David Lukowski, M.D. “Tendons and nerves run through the tunnel. And the top is covered with connective tissue called a ligament. The tendons can swell when irritated, squeezing the nerves. The result is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Medically reviewed by Eric Heimberger, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

The fact that our hip or knee joints wear out shouldn’t surprise us. Consider this:  forces 4 to 8 times our body weight are exerted millions of times each yearon our hip and knee joints. If you are considering hip or knee joint surgery, you may also be interested in learning more about the materials used in hip and knee joint implants, along with some advantages and disadvantages of each. 

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