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Can Knees and Hips be Repaired Rather Than Replaced?

“If it's not broke, then don't fix it.”  That's the classic saying you've heard for years now. Meanwhile, your knees and hips have taken a beating for a much longer time.  As a result of the constant impact your lower body has endured during exercise and regular activity, your hips and knees may not be broken, but they certainly aren't what they used to be.

Let's take a look at whether your orthopaedic doctor will encourage repair or hip or knee replacement.

Non-Operative

Typically orthopedists will recommend a non-operative approach before recommending a replacement.  This is done in an effort to fix the problem without surgery, but in some cases a knee or hip replacement is necessary. Non-operative measures may include a brace, medication, physical therapy, or possibly weight-loss.  In assessing the best method for you, speak with a good orthopaedic surgeon.

Replacement

Hip or knee replacement should always be recommended by your orthopedic doctor.  In cases where the pain is debilitating, the non-operative treatments haven't helped, there is deformity, or you are over 55 years of age, a replacement may be used to alleviate the problem. Patients should keep in mind that a replacement is a serious decision and one that should not be made in haste.  Like any other surgery, a knee or hip replacement carries risks.  These include, but are not limited to, stiffness, infection, and discomfort. 

If it is time for you to get a knee or hip replacement because the repairs aren't working, then use an orthopedic surgeon you trust.

At MK Orthopaedics, we provide you with the best hip and knee replacements available and, as a result, an outstanding patient experience. To learn more about MK Orthopaedics, visit us online or call (815)741-6900 today to schedule an appointment.


Common Reasons for Getting Hip Replacement Surgery

What do Jack Nicklaus, Evil Knivel, Eddie Van Halen, and Queen Elizabeth all have in common?

You guessed it—a hip replacement!  Hip replacements, for many people, provide a second life to legs that have been suffering from aches and pains for a long time.  It's a surgery that is needed by people of different ages and who exercise in varying degrees.  However, there are some consistencies to why people get a hip replacement.

Here are some common reasons your orthopedic surgeon would recommend hip replacement.

Osteoarthritis

This joint disorder is very common and happens through “wear and tear” over time.  People who are overweight or have relatives with OA are likely to experience this problem earlier.  Otherwise many people experience symptoms past the age of 70.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This disease is known to cause joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, making it very hard to stand up, let alone walk.

Osteonecrosis

This disease actually causes your bones to die in your joints and is a good indicator that it's time for an upgrade in the hip department.

Injury

An injury that requires a hip replacement is of the more serious variety.  Your orthopedic surgeon typically won't suggest a hip replacement until non-operative measures have been taken.  For example, physical therapy can be very effective and therapeutic, especially if the injury is minor, and the patient had healthy hips prior to the time of the injury.

At MK Orthopaedics, our staff is dedicated to quality care and an outstanding patient experience. Our hip replacements are designed to get you back to doing the things you love—pain free.

To learn more about MK Orthopaedics, visit the website or call (815) 741-6900 today to schedule an appointment.


Physical Therapy Tips: Exercises for Sciatic Nerve Pain

In this video, Patrick McCarthy, a doctor of physical therapy, demonstrates some stretches to help with sciatic nerve pain.

  • Sciatic nerve pain comes from the L1 to the L5 nerve roots. The sciatic nerve often causes pain in the lower back for patients.
    • After the issue is diagnosed, there are certain stretches one can do to lessen the pain.
  • Hip flexibility is important when it comes to sciatic nerve pain. Try lying down on your back and crossing one ankle over the opposite knee to stretch out the hip. Also try to bring one leg up to the chest and then crossing it over to the other side of the body.

To learn more about dealing with sciatic nerve pain, watch this video. If you are experiencing sciatic nerve pain or any other orthopedic issues, then call MK Orthopaedics today.


How Orthopedic Surgery Can Change Your Life

Orthopedic doctors perform a very specific kind of medicine. If you have never had any issues with bones, muscles, or joints, then you may not be familiar with their practice. For that reason, you may have never thought much about orthopedics before. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful to you.

You may be having issues with your body that an orthopedic surgeon can fix. Keep reading to find out how orthopedic surgery might improve your life.

  • You might not need a full hip replacement yet, but it is important to be in touch with your orthopedic doctor if you are experiencing any joint or bone pain. Keeping an open dialogue with your doctor will help keep you on the road to recovery.
  • Many people don’t realize that after a knee replacement or other orthopedic surgery that it seems as if years have been taken off of their body.
  • Your body is like a machine. All the parts have a function. If one part is not working as it should, then all of the other parts try to compensate to make up for the lacking part. But the best way to achieve this is to have the part that isn’t working fixed, so that it once again works the way it should.
  • Orthopedic surgery can help put your body back together. It will take the pressure off of the parts that are trying to compensate for because of the weakness you are experiencing.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Look into orthopedic surgery today. It can greatly benefit your health. Come to MK Orthopaedics today to learn more about how orthopedic surgery can fix all of your problems. Our doctors are experienced and are good at what they do. Call and make an appointment today and experience first-hand how orthopedic surgery can change your life for the better.


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.


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