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5 Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon

Any surgery comes with its own level of worry. Even going in for minor surgeries can cause fear and anxiety. Orthopedics can be especially nerve-wracking. Don’t stress yourself out for nothing. Have a conversation with your orthopedic surgeon today to ease your fears.

Here are a list of questions to ask your orthopedic surgeon:

  1. Experience: A good question to ask before any surgery, whether it is a knee replacement or fixing a broken bone, is how many times the doctor has performed that particular surgery. If you aren’t comfortable with their answer, then maybe you should look for a new orthopedic doctor.
  2. Duration of Surgery: It is important to ask how long the surgery will take, and how long you will need to be in the hospital so you can make the proper arrangements for your treatment.
  3. Recovery Time: Many orthopedic surgeries, like a knee or hip replacement, require a certain amount of recovery time. Find out if you will need time to recover after your surgery, and if so, how much time for recovery is normal.
  4. Follow Up: It is important to ask about what happens after the surgery. Will you need to have any other surgeries? Will your problem be completely fixed by the surgery?
  5. Risks: It will greatly benefit you to ask about the risks. If the surgery is not completely necessary, then hearing about the risks could completely sway your decision on the matter.

Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor before any procedure. If you aren’t sure about a term, then ask. They are there to keep you healthy, but you should be aware of how they are doing that.

The doctors at MK Orthopaedics are happy to answer any questions you have about orthopedic surgery.

Come see us with your orthopedic issues today. We promise to take care of you.


Knee Replacement: Types of Knee Surgery

Your knees are some of the hardest-working parts of your body. Whether you’re walking, running, bicycling, driving, or dancing, they support and enable you to move. With all of the strain we put on our knees, it’s no small wonder that they often cause us problems.

In this video about knee replacement, a professional divulges the different kinds of knee surgery available to sufferers of knee and joint pain. There are standard, compartmental, gender-specific, and minimally invasive surgeries available to patients.

If you would like to discover which kind of knee replacement surgery is best suited to your needs, visit the professionals at MK Orthopaedics. They are sure to give you a comprehensive diagnosis and help you make the best decision possible for your circumstances.


Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet and Ankles

Your feet and ankles are two of the most undervalued and under-taken care of parts of your body. How many times a day do we take for granted our ability to simply get up from a chair? What about going for a jog with our dogs in the morning? To walk through a theme park with our children, creating fond family memories?

In all likelihood, this is not something you spend a lot of time thinking about, but it is important to consider.

At MK Orthopaedics, we know the value of healthy joints, so take a look at our list of tips for taking good care of those feet and ankles, and you’ll thank us later.

  • Wear the right shoes: Sure, those shoes you have on may look really appealing, but what are they doing for your feet? Having shoes with both arch and ankle support is vital to having healthy feet and ankles.
  • Exercise gently: Cardiovascular activities like running, jump-roping, and jogging may be good for your heart, but the repetitive strain on your ankles and feet can be harmful and damaging. Try switching up your exercise routine with sports like swimming that allow both you and your ankles to stay healthy.
  • Stretch before strenuous activity: When your feet and ankles aren’t used to being used, putting uncharacteristic strain on them can create problems later on down the road. Always be sure to stretch adequately to insure you don’t sprain your muscles.
  • Wrap weak ankles: Using a bandage bought at a local drug store, you can give your ankles the extra support they need to continue supporting you, well into your later years.

The better you treat your body now, the happier and healthier you will be later. At MK Orthopaedics, we promote health and well-being for all of your joints, including your feet and ankles. These crucial body parts work so hard for you, so why not do the same for them? Contact us on our website to schedule a consultation with one of our talented doctors, and know what it’s like to feel relief from the wear and tear of the everyday, today.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.


Dr. Joe George Is Making It Big Time!

Dr. Joe George was featured in a great article discussing ankle replacement surgery. Over 5 months ago Jennifer Wolin had to make a decision on ankle surgery. She worked with Dr. Joe George and decided on having ankle replacement surgery. Since the surgery she has been thrilled with the results! The Herald News article is great and goes into depth explaining Jennifer's surgery and more information about ankle surgery in general. Here is a clip from The herald News Article, but make sure to read the entire article to learn more!

"Dr. Joe Mathew George, a podiatric surgeon with MK Orthopedics Surgery & Rehabilitation in Joliet and Bolingbrook, informed Wolin of the possible risks of the infrequently done ankle replacement. Wolin had her procedure done in July. It was the second ankle replacement ever performed at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital."

Click here to read the full article: The Herald News | Ankle Surgery

Once you read the article let us know what you think!

Here at MK Orthopaedics, we have a team of orthopaedic surgeons who are professionally trained in performing a number of surgeries. If you’re interested in learning more about orthopaedic surgery, give us a call or request an appointment online today!


What You Should Know About Hip Replacement Surgery

As we age, our bodies and joints get weak, and it can be painful to do activities that once were easy for us. For many, experiencing joint pain can be nearly unbearable, and so they turn to hip replacement, seeking to alleviate their discomfort.

If you suffer from chronic joint pain in your hips, it might be time to consider hip replacement surgery. Check out these insights we think you should know before undergoing the procedure:

  1. Hip replacement is not for everyone: Good candidates for hip replacement surgery are those who suffer from osteoarthritis, bone tumors, and osteonecrosis. Someone who suffers from Parkinson’s disease or another degenerative muscle disease would not be a good candidate for the surgery.
  2. The procedure will take between 1 and 2 hours: By making an incision through the hip muscle, your surgeon can take out damaged cartilage and bone tissue. Prosthetic parts are cemented onto your bone in order to allow for a range of movement.
  3. There are risks: Ninety-eight percent of hip replacements go well, but in two percent of procedures, blood clots have occurred in the legs or pelvic region. With monitoring and care, your recovery should go very well, putting you on the path to a healthy hip.
  4. You can have a speedy recovery: The stitches from your procedures will be scheduled to be removed only two weeks after surgery. If you’re careful about not getting the stitches wet and give yourself time to rest, your recovery will be much quicker.

There is no reason to go about life in pain. At MK Orthopaedics, we are dedicated to improving your quality of life. With specialists experienced in hip and knee replacement, our surgeons are your best chance at a healthy, functioning set of knees or hips.

If you would like the opportunity to schedule a consultation with one of our highly-qualified professionals, give us a call or contact us on our website. You can never be too careful when it comes to your health, so make a decision that will make you future brighter, and get in contact with MK Orthopaedics today.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.


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