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 & […]
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. […]
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 – […]
Q: I would like to know more about your knee replacement techniques. I am in my mid-50s, and have been told that I have bone-on-bone arthritis in my knee. A: What I can provide for you really depends upon the location and severity of the arthritis in your knee. If the bone-on-bone arthritis is limited […]
Q: On TV, they talk of a knee replacement that has a life of 30 years… does yours last that long? A: First, I must say that I DO use a fair amount of this technology in my practice for my total knees (you will find me on the Smith & Nephew website www.RediscoverYourGo.com), and […]
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 […]
A very general guide for all joint replacement is:- You will continue to improve for an entire year, even if you feel 100% within weeks after surgery. The following is highly variable, and represents a reasonable baseline. The recovery can be longer depending on the severity of the disease. Most of my patients stop their […]
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.