Knee Replacement Surgeon Questions and Answers
With the expertise and assistance of Dr. Paul Dicpinigaitis MD in Massapequa, NY, you’ll be able to receive a proper knee replacement and get back to the activities you enjoy. For more information, call us now or schedule an appointment online.
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When one or both of our knees aren’t functioning properly, we struggle in everyday life and with many of our other activities. We struggle to walk at the grocery store or sometimes even at home, and we can have great difficulty playing with our children or grandchildren. We all need healthy and functional knees, so sometimes surgery is necessary. In these situations, we can count on experts like Dr. Paul Dicpinigaitis. These reconstructive orthopedic surgery specialists can help us get back on our feet so we can get back into the lifestyle we enjoy. For a knee replacement in Massapequa, NY, reach out to Dr. Dicpinigaitis here at his office.
Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a joint replacement procedure performed by an orthopedic surgeon. The procedure can do a lot to relieve a patient’s pain and restore function to the knee joint. For severely diseased knee joints, a replacement procedure is necessary.
The surgeon will remove the damaged areas of the knee joint, as well as any damaged areas of the thighbone and shinbone, if necessary. Then the surgeon will replace these areas and parts with an artificial joint (prosthesis). This prosthesis will allow the patient to move much more freely and, eventually, enjoy their regular activities.
Patients who choose to get a knee replacement do so because they have chronic pain and a chronic condition and have tried other options that haven’t worked for them. These patients might have osteoarthritis, which is the most common reason to get a joint replacement, or they might have rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis. Some other patients might have suffered from a bone tumor or serious sports injury. If treatment options like knee arthroscopy or physical therapy haven’t worked for these patients, then they require a knee replacement.
Dr. Dicpinigaitis receives these kinds of patients often, and can help them a great deal. As a reconstructive orthopedic surgery specialist, the doctor is more than capable of performing a knee replacement and providing a reliable knee prosthesis.
After your procedure, the surgeon will tell you all about the simple, short-term lifestyle changes you’ll need to make. For example, you’ll need to avoid walking on stairs for a while, so you might want to move your bed to the lowest level of your home. However, within a few days of your procedure, you’ll be able to get back to some regular activities, like walking, but you’ll require the assistance of a walking aide. For a month or two, you’ll also require physical rehabilitation, but afterwards, you’ll be able to walk and perform other activities without assistance. And after 4 to 6 months, you will likely be fully recovered and able to enjoy the full benefits of your prosthesis!
Yes, we do. Dr. Paul Dicpinigaitis, our orthopedic surgeon and reconstructive orthopedic surgery specialist.
We’re sure that during a simple consultation with the doctor, he will be able to earn your trust and respect so you can have full confidence in him and proceed with a knee replacement procedure. Of course, he will tell you everything you’ll need to know beforehand so you can make the decision that’s best for you.
We invite you to call us today for a consultation with Dr. Dicpinigaitis.