Guide: What’s New in Hip and Knee Replacement?

Written by Dr. Richard Forster, MD Many patients are surprised to learn that the average length of stay in hospital following knee and hip replacements for my patients is now only 2 days, with some patients opting to go home on the first post op day. In this article we will examine the major advances … Read more

Guide: Joint Surgery Information

Written by Dr. Richard Forster, MD Before Surgery Now that my surgery is scheduled, what do I have to do? Our office will call your insurance company for pre certification, if required. Dr. Forster will notify your primary care physician in writing of the upcoming surgery. If you have a cardiologist, then normally a cardiac … Read more

Arthroscopic Surgery Postoperative Instructions

You have just had an arthroscopic surgery. It is most important to remember that although the external incisions are small, the interior structures take four to eight weeks to heal and quiet down. Overuse of your knee during this period can slow down your recovery. Swelling:¬†You can expect some swelling in the knees. The amount … Read more

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

A very good reference site concerning osteoarthritis of the knee can be found on my home page at the link¬†Kettering Joint Center. Non-operative Treatment 1: ‘Natural Treatment‘ can minimize stress on our knees. Weight loss and exercise are key to the success of this treatment. Studies have shown that the force on the kneecap is … Read more

Planning for Arthroscopic Surgery

Although arthroscopic surgery is a relatively minor procedure, it is still invasive, with potential risks and complications. It also requires a period of rest from normal activity. Planning for the Procedure The arthroscopic surgery is done as an outpatient. In most cases the procedure takes somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes. The patient can have … Read more

Graft Selection for ACL Reconstruction

Essentially there are three choices that could be made when deciding what type of graft is to be used for reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament. Each of the grafts has its positives and negatives, and I would like to outline those for you. Patellar Tendon Graft The patellar tendon graft has been the most … Read more

Frozen Shoulder

What is a Frozen Shoulder? Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) is characterized by diffuse pain and lack of motion of the shoulder. Patients often describe the inability to sleep on the affected shoulder. Generally, adhesive capsulitis affects individuals from 40 to 70 years old. Females are also more likely to be affected than males. The most … Read more

Instability of the Glenohumeral Joint

The Normal Glenohumeral Joint The normal glenohumeral joint consists of multiple bones, tendons, and ligaments structures that work together to form the most mobile joint in the body. Multidirectional Glenohumeral Joint Instability Multidirectional instability (MDI) is a common condition affecting the shoulder joint. It may be a bilateral occurrence and is usually atraumatic in nature. … Read more

Injuries to the Rotator Cuff

The Normal Rotator Cuff The rotator cuff consists of four muscles: the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. Generally, the supraspinatus muscle is located superiorly, the infraspinatus and teres minor are located posteriorly, while the subscapularis muscle is anterior in position. In 95% of rotator cuff tears, the supraspinatus tendon is involved. Injuries to the … Read more

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