Category: Outpatient Total Joint Replacement

Extensor Mechanism Rupture and Total Knee Replacement

Spine Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD All surgeons and their patients hope for perfect surgeries and recoveries, like a scene out of Marcus Welby, MD, where the patient has a heart transplant and lives happily ever after with her adoring family and friends all around her.  Fortunately, that surgical scenario tends to play out in real life… Read more »

Can I Have a Knee Replacement After Having Cancer?

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Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As Americans live longer, they often deal with the diseases and conditions that come with aging concurrently.  For example, it is quite common to have adult-onset diabetes and arthritic joints that may need replacing at the same time.  So, it certainly follows that some of us will develop, will be… Read more »

Having a Hip Replacement as a Smoker-What you Should Know

Dr. Boyd Haynes

    Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As a busy orthopedic surgeon in Newport News, I’ve performed more hip replacement surgeries than I can count over the years, with a good percentage of them having been done on smokers. While both smokers and nonsmokers typically recover well, there are differences during the pre- and post-surgical… Read more »

How Old is too Old for a Knee Replacement?

Dr. Boyd Haynes, III

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD In my orthopaedic practice, I am often asked age-related questions when it comes to certain surgeries.  “What’s the cut-off age for this surgery and what age do I have do be before I can I have that procedure?”  Only a few years ago, those questions probably mattered a lot more… Read more »

Having a Knee Replacement as a Diabetic – What you Need to Know

Dr. John Burrow

Americans are living longer and as a result are demanding a higher quality of life as they age.  That means they are having to contend with some of the illness and conditions often associated with aging while at the same time trying to maintain, repair or replace the body parts that are wearing out.  It… Read more »

Having a Knee Replacement as a Smoker – What you Need to Know

Dr. Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD This year, approximately 700,000 people in America will have a knee replacement surgery.  In less than 10 years, this number is expected to grow to over several million as the population in the United States continues to age.  Of those vast numbers of patients, some are smokers, past or current.  How… Read more »

Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Hip

Dr. John Burrow

Avascular Necrosis is a medical term that means a loss of blood supply causing bone tissue death.  While it can happen anywhere in the body there is bone, it is most often seen in the hip.  This is because the hip joint blood supply is retrograde (against flow) and is dependent on channels within the… Read more »

Knee Replacement Diary – Waking Up After Surgery and Going Home

  Mahnee N. Payne The first thing I remember is waking up in pain, with my knee hurting.  I also remember thinking to myself “why can’t they ever give me enough pain medication, so I don’t wake up hurting?”  I looked around the Recovery Unit and saw a bunch of beds and a nurses’ station… Read more »

Knee Replacement Diary – The Day of Surgery

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  Mahnee N. Payne I arrived at Bon Secours/Mercy Mary Immaculate Hospital bright and early the day of my surgery. (As I couldn’t have anything to eat or drink, wear any makeup, perfume or lotion, there really wasn’t a lot to do except get dressed, brush my teeth and hair and take my pre-surgical antibiotics… Read more »