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Testimonial

Dear Dr. Heskiaoff, Thank you for giving me back some real quality to my life. You have replaced both my knees (full knee replacement) exactly 5 years apart- R. knee in March of 2005 and L. knee in March of 2010.

Mr. James Wittman

My fast progress and recovery is the proof of Dr. Heskiaoff’s expertise and vast experience in total knee replacement surgery. Now, I am doing very well and am very grateful to Dr. Heskiaoff for giving me back active and pain-free life.

Mr. Allen

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FAQS

What are the risks of knee replacement surgery?

As with any surgery, there are some risks involved with knee replacement surgery. These risks include response to anesthesia, DVT (blood clots), pulmonary embolus, infection, stroke, and heart attacks. However, all our patients are thoroughly evaluated and sent to see the appropriate specialists and get necessary tests done prior to the surgery to ensure that they will be physically and mentally ready for the procedure.


What preparation is needed prior to surgery?

Prior to surgery, all patients will be seen in the office to discuss the surgery including other medical problems or concerns. Majority of our patients will be donating their own blood approximately a month prior to surgery in case it is needed afterwards. If unable to donate, then a designated donor is used or blood from a blood bank is matched and used. All necessary tests will be done accordingly (EKG, blood work, x-rays, consults), as well as a full medical clearance by your primary care physician.


How long do I stay in the hospital?

Hospital stay will be roughly 2-3 days, depending on how well each patient does.


How long do I need physical therapy?

Physical therapy usually is provided to be done at home for approximately 2-3 weeks, followed by outpatient therapy for another 6-8 weeks, depending on how well each patient is doing.


What medications do I take for pain control?

During surgery, we usually use spinal anesthesia if possible because it will help with your pain post-operatively. You will also be placed on IV and oral pain medication to keep you as comfortable as possible during your stay at the hospital. The oral pain medications will continue when you leave the hospital until the pain slowly subsides.


What is recovery time for a total knee replacement?

Recovery time for a knee replacement is roughly 3 months. After this 3 month period, you may resume your activities of leisure, including golfing, swimming, bicycling, etc.


What is the recovery time for a partial knee replacement?

Recovery time for this kind of procedure is a little less than a standard total knee replacement. You will still need to go through physical therapy treatment afterwards.


What is a Gender Specific knee replacement?

Gender Specific knee replacement in actuality is the same procedure as a regular total knee replacement with a slight variation of the actual implant. Because the skeletal structure and anatomy of men and women differ, there was a need to have implants that catered to women as well. In the past, all orthopedic companies would make only one type of implant for both genders, which caused some difficulty with surgery for many female patients. With the Gender Specific total knee implant, female patients can actually have an implant specifically made to fit them.


How can we reduce the scar tissue formation in the knee after surgery?

Scarring in the knee after surgery can happen from time to time as the knee heals. Some people are prone to developing scar tissue more than others. A very important factor to prevent this from happening is to be diligent about therapy and home exercises after surgery.


Does your clinic provide physical therapy?

We do not have a physical therapy facility on site, but we do have a wide range of facilities that we work with, and they are all excellent therapists.


If I am an out of town patient, how long do I have to stay for post-operative care?

If you are out of town, you will have to stay for roughly 4-6 weeks to make sure that you are medically safe to go back. Your therapy treatments can resume at your desired location.


What type of insurance do you accept?

This office accepts Medicare, private insurances, as well patients with no insurance who want to pay cash (at which point, arrangements can be made to reduce all fees to the best of our abilities).

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