Q: Considering your hip and knee surgeries: Are the procedures now covered by Medicare and AARP Medicare Supplement? One article on your website from 2009 said they are not covered by Medicare. A: Yes, all of my procedures are now covered by Medicare & all insurances in the same fashion as any standard procedure. The […]Read more
How do you feel about “rocker bottom” (ie- MBT, Sketcher’s Shape Up, etc) shoes for people with hip or knee issues?
It really depends on how your body reacts to wearing them. Walking mechanics can vary greatly from person-to-person. On average, your natural foot position is in a few degrees of “plantar-flexion”, meaning that a slightly raised heel in a shoe’s foot-bed would be the most supportive and natural for walking. Most walking/comfort shoes are designed […]Read more
You said that your anesthesia protocol involved “local & regional anesthesia”. Is this the same as the “twilight-sleep” I got during my colonoscopy?
You will be completely asleep, and you will have no knowledge or recollection of the surgery. This is far more sedation than your described colonoscopy, but not so much that you would require a machine to “breath” for you.Read more
This is a topic of much debate right now among surgeons. Probably the best answer is this: There is no perfect bearing surface. That is why there are so many options currently available. I try to carefully select a bearing surface that best utilizes the potential benefits against the potential shortcomings. Here are some common […]Read more
In total hip replacement, I have heard a larger ball (femoral head) is “better” for post-operative motion limits, etc. Can you set me straight here, please?
I use a very wide variety of head sizes in my practice. There a few main issues to consider here: 1) larger head sizes can increase stability with certain approaches, 2) certain head sizes work better with certain bearing surfaces in terms of long-term wear & 3) head sizes may be limited to size of […]Read more