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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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  • 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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  • How long is the recovery from your joint replacement surgeries?

    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 […]

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  • How long do robotic partial knee replacements (MAKOplasties) last?

    I really can’t comment on the longevity of our newest-generation partial knee (aka uni-knee arthroplasty, or UKA) implants. Historically, total knee replacements (aka total knee arthroplasty, or TKA) have nearly a 90% survivorship at 10-15 yrs. Newer-generation TKAs we expect to surpass that, but none of them have been around long enough to say. […]

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