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Joint & Spine

5 ways to prevent falls at home: An orthopedic surgeon’s advice to his own mom

This year, approximately a third of elderly Americans will experience a fall at home. Most of you will read this and ask, “Am I considered elderly?” or think “It’s a good thing I’m not elderly!” My mother, who is strong in her reign as octogenarian matriarch, has a litmus test for determining whether someone has …

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Yes, you can lower your chances of osteoporosis (Here’s how)

One of the questions I hear most often is, “how can I prevent osteoporosis?” It’s a great question, because it shows that people want to sidestep—instead of just treat—this common problem. The good news is there are ways to do exactly that. Understand what osteoporosis is The first step is to know how this condition …

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How same-day joint replacement is revolutionizing the surgery experience

In the past, many people with hip or knee pain were hesitant about choosing joint replacement. They had worries about a long hospital stay, ongoing pain or mobility after surgery. But now, many of these problems aren’t problems anymore. With same-day joint replacement, it’s possible to have hip or knee replacement surgery in the morning …

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What to expect during knee replacement surgery

The prospect of ongoing, worsening knee pain is not an appealing one. For some people, though, the idea of a knee replacement procedure is even less so. Throughout my career as an orthopedic surgeon, I have performed countless knee replacements on many patients who are nervous about the procedure—until they learn what to expect and …

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Complex joint replacement and revision: An FAQ

Joint replacement procedures have been around for decades. They are considered safe and effective at relieving pain—usually from osteoarthritis—and improving quality of life. For most people, getting a joint replacement is a straightforward proposition. But what if you’re experiencing other issues with your joints, making your case a bit more complicated? In this case, you …

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Problems with your artificial joint? It might be time for revision surgery

No one who has had a joint replacement procedure wants to hear that they need another procedure on the same joint. But despite the success rate of this type of surgery, the fact remains that some people will need to have a joint revision procedure at some point in their lives.  Joint revision surgery is …

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Keeping knee ligaments in line: 4 ways to strengthen your knees and avoid injury

The most common knee injuries orthopedic specialists see in many types of sports are ligament sprains, ligament tears, meniscus tears, dislocations and fractures. These types of injuries typically occur in younger athletes as a result of sports-related contact, falls, twisting or pivoting motions. However, these injuries can also occur in non-athletes—also often as a result …

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Why more women end up needing knee replacement surgery than men

While it is not uncommon for a particular medical condition or treatment to impact men and women at different rates, you are probably not aware that knee replacement is among them. You may be surprised to learn that it is women who require knee replacement more often than men. Not only do I know this …

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Ankle pain: Is ankle replacement right for you?

When it comes to joint replacement, most people have heard of knee replacement, hip replacement and even shoulder replacement. But not as many folks are acquainted with another important joint that can now be replaced if necessary: the ankle.   Ankle replacement—also known as total ankle arthroplasty—is not exactly a new procedure, but it has come …

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