Thomas Distefano, MD
McLeod Orthopaedics Cheraw
08 JULY 2019
Knee Joint replacements represent one of the most common and successful surgical procedures available today.
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Spine patients facing surgery view their future in two aspects: will my life be better long-term and what will the immediate aftermath of my surgery be like – pain, lengthy recovery, rehabilitation?
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Bad knees rank as one of the most common problems an orthopedic surgeon sees. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Eric Heimberger, MD, says that knee joint replacement may be the ultimate treatment, but it’s not where he starts.
A knee joint replacement can change your life for the better. However, certain preparations in the days and weeks immediately before your surgery will enhance your recovery. McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Rodney Alan, MD, describes those preparations.
There are many types of fractures, including just a crack, where you may feel little or no pain at first,” says McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Michael Sutton, MD. “In another type break, broken ends of the bone may line up in what we call a stable fracture. Bones can fracture at an angle or in multiple pieces. Or, they can break through the skin in an open, compound fracture.
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.