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How long does a total -vs- partial -vs- revision joint replacement last?

Regarding implant longevity, the short answer is: we don’t know. The point that I need to emphasize is that longevity of an implant is HIGHLY VARIABLE. It really depends on multiple factors. No patient is the same, activity levels vary, accidents can happen, and the modes of failure are numerous and unpredictable. For total joint […]

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What is a “revision” total joint?

Q: If realistically a total joint replacement can fail over time, what about “do-overs”? Are they possible, and can they be effectively performed? A: “Do-overs” (commonly referred to as “revisions”) are becoming more routine. Technology, techniques & knowledge are advancing quickly in this realm. For all of my patients receiving a joint replacement earlier than […]

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Recent implant recalls

Q: What implant was used in my hip replacement? I was reading about the J&J recalls in the news. Where can I get this information? A: I have never used the J&J Depuy ASR implants that have been recalled. Hopefully that puts your mind at ease. As for the exact parts, you should be able […]

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Medical tourism – needed information

Q: If I am traveling to see you, what information do you need to accept me as your patient? A: I will need to see 2 main items prior to being able to accept you as a patient: Imaging – xrays, minimum 2 views (pelvis & lateral views are preferred for hips; ap, lateral & […]

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Medical tourism – a joint replacement in 1 week

Q: Can I fly in the day before surgery, then fly home the day after? A: Even though your hospital stay will likely be 24hrs, I will require you to make a 1 week commitment for your safety: Fri – initial clinic visit (physical exam, xrays*, pre-op workup) & pre-op assessment in hospital Sat – […]

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Medical tourism – setting up the visit

Q: Do you treat patients from out-of-town? A: Flying to Phoenix for surgery is not only feasible, but it is becoming routine in my practice. I have established relationships with local hotels to make this easier. Once I accept you as a patient, our office will contact you regarding all of the necessary pre-operative steps. […]

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Medical tourism – needed information

Q: If I am traveling to see you, what information do you need to accept me as your patient? A: I will need to see 2 main items prior to being able to accept you as a patient: Imaging – xrays, minimum 2 views (pelvis & lateral views are preferred for hips; ap, lateral & […]

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SuperPATH hip restrictions

Q: Will this surgery give me back my mobility in my hip? After hip replacement will I be able to reach my right foot so I can put on a sock or tie a shoe? Will I be able to bend over and touch my toes? What restrictions will I have? I have been told […]

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