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Gavan Duffy
Dr.
M.D.
Jacksonville
Orthopedic Surgery
Heekin Orthopedic Specialists
10475 Centurion Parkway
Jacksonville
FL
32256

My dad had his knee operated on, and now, 15 years later, it's starting to hurt. He hasn't done anything to hurt it again that he can think of. Otherwise he's in pretty good shape. Is the pain coming from his initial problem, or is this something new?

A previous knee injury or surgery can affect the health of the knee later on in life. A past leg or knee fracture, a ligament tear, or a meniscal injury can each cause abnormal movement and alignment in the knee joint, leading to wear and tear on the joint surfaces. Over the years, this can begin to take a toll on the knee joint, and may explain why your dad is feeling pain now.


I am going in to have hip replacement surgery. Will I be able to kneel down to work in my garden once my hip heals? What about getting on my hands and knees in the garden?

You can kneel down, but try to avoid kneeling directly onto the operated side. If you must kneel, keep your weight even on each side. While kneeling, avoid bending too far forward at the hip because you could bend your hip past the safe limit of 90 degrees. You can get onto your hands and knees, but carefully! Avoid putting your operated hip at an extreme position to prevent any dislocation.


When is revision surgery necessary?

Hip replacement is one of the most successful orthopaedic surgeries performed. Studies have shown that more than 90 percent of people who have hip replacement surgery will never need to replace an artificial joint. However, because more people are having hip replacements at a younger age, and wearing away of the joint surface becomes a problem after 15 to 20 years, replacement of an artificial joint, which is also known as revision surgery, is becoming more common. Doctors consider revision surgery for two reasons: if medication and lifestyle changes do not relieve pain and disability, or if x rays of the hip show damage to the bone around the artificial hip that must be corrected before it is too late for a successful revision. This surgery is usually considered only when bone loss, wearing of the joint surfaces, or joint loosening shows up on an x ray. Other possible reasons for revision surgery include fracture, dislocation of the artificial parts, and infection.

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