Category Archive: Joint Replacement

Jan
26

Knee Replacement Updates – Part 3 of 3

Knee Replacement Updates – Part 3 of 3 Getting a new knee doesn’t quite mean what it used to. In younger, active patients — from about age 50 to 65 — having knee problems often means only one of the knee’s three compartments is degenerated. In the past, these patients relied on multiple conservative measures …

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Jan
19

Knee Replacement Updates – Part 2 of 3

Knee Replacement Updates – Part 2 of 3 There is good news for those in need of a knee replacement today! Recent advances have led to equally viable options for two very different patient populations; the younger active patient and the older and less medically stable patient. Recent studies conclude that knee replacement has had …

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Jan
12

Knee Replacement Updates – Part 1 of 3

Knee Replacement Updates: Part 1 of 3 There’s good news for those in need of a knee replacement. New advances have led to equally viable options for two very different patient populations: the younger, active person and the older, less medically stable individual. Knee or hip joint replacement has had a very positive impact on …

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Sep
09

Get the Most Out of Your New Knee: Part 2 of 2

Clam

Get the Most Out of Your New Knee: Part 2 of 2 Ted Schoch, PIAA football official from NEPA, has spent the past 9 months preparing for the high school football season with the same vigor and passion as a young athlete. You may have seen him biking through Dalton or running drills on the sports …

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Sep
02

Get the Most Out of Your New Knee – Part 1 of 2

One-Ankle Lowering

Part 1 of 2 Ted Schoch, PIAA football official  from NEPA, has spent the past 9 months preparing for the high school  football season with the same vigor and passion as a young athlete.  You may have seen him biking through Dalton or running drills on the  sports facilities at Abington Heights High School. He …

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Jul
22

Hip and Knee Replacement Updates

A few months ago, I wrote a column entitled, “How do you know when you are ready for a new knee?” I received several emails with requests for more information regarding hip and knee replacements such as, outcomes, complications, etc. Some readers wanted to know about heart disease and joint replacements. One reader wanted to know …

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Jun
03

Golf With Hip or Knee Replacements

Osteoarthritis  slowly develops in the weight-bearing joints, most commonly in the hip  and knee, creating pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of function. There  are many nonsurgical options such as: rest, weight loss, medication,  physical therapy, steroid injections, and viscosupplementation (SynviscR)  injections. However, when conservative measures fail, surgical intervention,  such as a joint replacement, becomes the …

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Jun
25

Arthritis of Ankle and Total Ankle Replacement: Part 2 of 2

2nd in Series of 2 Columns on Ankle Pain Total ankle replacement (TAR) is recommended for severe ankle pain which has not responded to conservative treatment: weight loss, activity modification, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections. Severe ankle pain can result from the following:   Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease): cartilage wears out, bone rubs …

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Apr
12

Hip Resurfacing: Surface Replacement and Minimally Invasive Procedures. Part 2 of 2

Surface replacement of the hip is an alternative to a traditional total hip replacement in which the thigh bone (femur) and the hip joint of the pelvis are preserved as much as possible while resurfacing only the ends of the bones. IT is best used in younger and more active patient.

Apr
05

Hip Resurfacing: New Option for Hip Replacement. Part 1 of 2

Surface replacement of the hip is an alternative to a traditional total hip replacement in which the thigh bone (femur) and the hip joint of the pelvis are preserved as much as possible while resurfacing only the ends of the bones. It is best used in younger and more active patients.

Sep
21

Knee Arthritis in Athletes: Part II of II

Last week I attempted to answer an email from Don Loftus, a teacher a Scranton Prep and former athlete who suffers from arthritis in his knees. This week will discuss the treatment options available to former athletes and others for the management of knee arthritis.

Sep
14

Knee Arthritis in Athletes: Part I of II

All joints suffer from wear and tear over time. Weight-bearing joints such as the hip, knee and ankle, tend to wear out faster than others. Moreover, trauma, from sports, overuse, occupation, or accidents, will expedite this process. This form of arthritis is called, osteoarthritis.

Aug
03

Total Ankle Replacement: Part II of II on the Ankle

Total ankle replacement (TAR) is recommended for severe ankle pain which has not responded to conservative treatment: weight loss, activity modification, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections.

May
15

Golf with Hip and Knee Replacements

The outcomes for active people continue to improve with advances in technology, prosthetic materials and new techniques. As a result, many active people are eager to use there new joint to continue their active lifestyle. The ability to remain active while not compromising the integrity of the new joint continues to be the source of some controversy. It will be the purpose of this column to review the literature and make recommendations to safely return to golf with a hip and knee replacement.

May
10

Hip and knee replacements becoming more common in younger patients

The focus of this column is to present the “current wisdom” on joint replacement longevity. How long will it last? How active should I be? This is a hot topic for discussion in light of the fact that significantly more young people (under 65) are getting joint replacements in order to continue an active lifestyle.