Patient Education

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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