If you need to have both knees replaced, should you have them done simultaneously? An orthopedic surgeon explains the benefits and risks of bilateral replacement surgery.
Patients have rising expectations and are demanding more from total knee replacements and joint replacements than in previous years. This has generated improvements in the field, including design, delivery and execution.
Patients often ask me questions about “prehab,”or exercise programs they can do before an elective surgery. These questions show how exercise has taken on such major importance in people’s lives.
Contributor: Kurt Spindler, MD Have you torn your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)? If, unfortunately, you have, and you’re considering surgical reconstruction, you and your doctor need to weigh one factor very carefully when you discuss treatment options: your age. Recent research shows that the patient’s age and the type of graft performed can predict the … Read More
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Contributor: Michael Bloomfield, MD Hip and knee replacements eliminate pain and improve movement for hundreds of thousands of people every year in the United States. Younger and more active patients are seeking joint replacements. This is why surgeons and implant developers continue to improve the prosthetics and techniques involved in the surgery. In recent years, manufacturers … Read More
As people live longer and are more active, they expect more in their golden years. They want to move well and without pain. “Patients today aren’t as willing to live with the limitations that past generations accepted,” says Michael Bloomfield, MD, a Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon at Hillcrest Hospital and Cleveland Clinic main campus. With … Read More
The most common cause of knee pain can hit you at any age — your 30s or 40s as easily as your 60s and 70s. Orthopaedic surgeon Robert Nickodem, Jr., MD says osteoarthritis, or “wear-and-tear arthritis,” is the most common cause of knee pain. It includes more than 100 types of arthritis or joint inflammation. … Read More
Contributor: Susan Joy, MD, sports and exercise medicine physician Athletes know the unmistakable “pop” when they’ve torn their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). It can put a quick end to the season and sometimes require surgery and extensive rehabilitation. To prevent this, athletes need to practice proper form. If you play soccer, basketball and volleyball, you … Read More
Replacing worn body parts has become pretty common today. Of course, none of us are The Six Million Dollar Man of 1970s TV fame, and if you’re facing major joint surgery like hip or knee replacement or reconstruction, you may be concerned about what happens after the surgery. In thinking about what to expect from … Read More