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Periodontal Disease: What Is It and How a Dentist Can Help

Our teeth are more than just a couple of rows of pearly white enamels. They play a key role in food digestion, they give shape to our face, and they help us to form words. So, we clean them, floss them, take fluoride, try to avoid candy or sugary sweet drinks which could lead to tooth decay and damage, and basically try to make sure that our smile stays as pristine as it was when we first flashed it as babies.

But also part of your oral health, but often forgotten, are your gums which help anchor our teeth to our jaw.

Looking after our gums is just as important as looking after our teeth.

What can go wrong with our gums?

Plenty! Most people will have some form of periodontal, or gum, disease at some stage of their life. This occurs when the plaque on our teeth causes a bacterial infection. There are two forms – gingivitis, which is relatively mild, and periodontitis, which is more severe and can lead to problems ranging from losing teeth, to respiratory issues, heart disease, and has even been linked to pregnancy problems like premature births, or low birth weights.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

The early warning signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath
  • Gaps forming between teeth and gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain when chewing

What makes me likely to contract a gum disease?

Anyone can develop periodontal disease, but there are certain risk factors which can make us more vulnerable to gum problems. People with diabetes are among the most likely to have problems with their teeth or gums. The extra hormones which build up in the body during puberty or pregnancy is another risk factor, as is that perennial favorite, smoking. Periodontal diseases can also develop as a result of poor nutrition, inferior dental care, or as a result of bruxism (teeth grinding).

How a Dentist Can Help

The best way you can look after your gums is to treat them with the same care and consideration that you treat your teeth. Because gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque, you need to make sure that as much of this buildup is removed as possible. You can do this by meticulous cleaning, however, the best way of removing this plaque is by a process called scaling and root planing. This is when your dentist or technician scrapes away the plaque, then smooths the roots to try to stop the bacteria from reforming.

Gum disease is treatable!

Regular checkups and good oral hygiene can save your mouth from the perils of this nasty, but curable, problem.

Look after your gums. We can diminish or even eliminate periodontal disease in Farmington Hills and throughout America. There’s no reason you can’t hold on to your teeth for life.

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Hospital Carts: How to Use Them Effectively

Modern medical carts are a popular component of today’s medical care. They provide easy access to necessary supplies on a daily basis. This makes for a less stressed staff as well as happier patients who don’t have to wait as long for their care.

Without proper planning, however, using hospital carts effectively can be difficult. Setting a standard for the use of medical mobile carts can help you run your healthcare facility more efficiently.

Setting A Standard

In order to get the most use from your medical mobile cart, there are a few important factors to keep in mind.

  • Keep them stocked
  • Keep them charged
  • Keep them sanitized

Keep Them Stocked

Those who use their mobile workstations effectively know that creating a routine of keeping medical carts properly stocked is imperative. When preparing to care for a patient, it is frustrating and time-consuming to need to track down necessary supplies. It’s a good practice to start or end a shift with the restocking of the medical carts. This ensures the carts are regularly stocked with the right equipment.

Keep Them Charged

If your hospital carts carry a computer or a blood pressure machine, they are most likely battery powered.

Making sure your machines stay powered prevent interruptions in the healthcare process.

Depending on which type of battery power system your carts use, you may be able to keep your machines plugged in as needed.

If you use a swappable battery system, the frequency with which you change your batteries will depend on the power capabilities of your battery. Medical cart batteries can last anywhere from 8 to 24 hours.

Creating a regular schedule for swapping out batteries will save the hassle of a dead battery and an unusable machine.

Keep Them Sanitized

One of the most basic standards in any hospital is getting patients well. This means helping patients heal, but it also means preventing them from contracting any additional illness while in the hospital setting.

Keeping your mobile workstations sanitized is part of the sanitation process.

Disinfecting wipes are typically all these stations need to keep them germ-free between patients. Carts with a sturdy aluminum or stainless-steel construction are easier to keep sanitary than products made of plastic.

Other Considerations

Finding the right storage place for carts when not in use is important. An out-of-the-way spot is ideal.

It is also important to have hospital carts that have solid, quality wheels that are soundless and robust.

Medical carts that are lightweight and ergonomically designed will improve the user’s efficiency also.

Chiropractic for Colicky Babies
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Can a Chiropractor Help with a Colicky Baby?

Colic is heart-breaking for parents. Watching your baby cry and scream for hours, not knowing what to do and unable to help soothe him and unable to bring him relief. Colic is responsible for countless sleepless nights, and it leaves you frustrated, exhausted and irritable as if being at your wit’s end is not enough. Colic, although not a deadly disease, is one of the most common diagnoses associated with spells of abdominal pain in infants aged between two weeks and four months.

Parents are willing to try anything just to get their baby to stop crying, but what options are available? One of the remedies more parents are turning to nowadays is chiropractic.

Chiropractic for Colicky Babies

Chiropractic has been used by many families for a long time to address colic and is one of the safest, natural ways for colicky baby treatment. Some studies have shown that chiropractic has a 94% success rate in dealing with a colicky baby. Unlike other forms of treatment which only give temporary relief, chiropractors aim to get to the root of the problem.

The birth process is something that can be traumatic for little humans. Their tiny bodies get stressed during birth, and there is no difference between natural and surgical birth. Aside from the stress of the birth process, there is also the prolonged sitting in forced positions in prams and car seats, as well as poorly-designed baby carriers, and all these things can cause misalignments in the baby’s tiny spine, also called subluxations. This can distort the nerve signals between the body and the brain and prevents messages from getting to the correct parts of the body at the correct time.

During chiropractic, gentle and specific adjustments are made to correct any misalignments to the spine. This relieves pressure on the nervous system and gives the body a chance to function at it’s very best. Touch is a primal need in today’s fast-paced society, and a gentle touch is more effective than colicky baby medication. The healing power of touch can help soothe and calm your baby and allow him to process outside stimulation a lot better.

What to expect from a visit to the chiropractor

A visit to the chiropractor begins with a full history, as well as details of the current complain. Parents can expect a few questions about the birth, neonatal history, nutrition, sleep habits, bowel movements, family history and medical diagnoses. A full examination comes next which includes measuring vital signs for any abnormalities.

Babies are then held in a comfortable position, and individual spinal segments are moved, feeling for any restricted motion. The treatment for a restricted segment is a very light and quick force applied in the direction of the restriction. Most of the time babies do not react to joint adjustments. Sometimes they may cry out for a moment because they are startled, but they rarely cry for more than a few seconds. After treatment from a chiropractor, babies are relaxed and calm, and they even fall asleep before the end of the visit.

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Recycling Metal and Cremation: What Happens to Implants when You Die?

Most people require surgery at some point during their lifetime. During this process, it may be necessary to get a metal implant, for example, a hip replacement or screws to join bones.

The metal used for the implant will depend on the type of implant. Gold or amalgam fillings in teeth were popular at a time; now dental teeth implants make use of metal screws. Knee replacement implants often make use of a combination of cobalt and chrome. Many people also receive a titanium hip implant during hip replacement surgery.

metal implants remaining in the body

But what happens when a person passes away with metal implants remaining in the body?

The Collection Process

Cremation requires the body to be burnt. The incinerator only reaches a certain temperature during the cremation process. Most metal implants will not melt at this temperature since metals melt at very high but varying temperatures. As a result, the metal implants will be mostly intact even after the body is burnt. Large metal implants will be removed and smaller metal implants such as screws or staples will be removed using a magnet. There are also other methods to remove the metal implants, for example,

a dentist could be called out to the crematorium before the cremation commences to remove gold fillings from the teeth.

Many years ago, it was standard practice for crematoriums to collect the metal implants from several cremations. When enough implants had been collected, the crematorium would bury the metal implants in the ground. However, this was not considered to be an environmentally-safe solution. Since that time the thought process surrounding recycling of crematory metals has evolved leading to implant recycling becoming the norm.

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Once metal implants are removed from the incinerated remains, the crematorium will place the implants in a recycling container. This container is then collected by a metal recycling company at set intervals, for example, every three months, or when it is full.

There are crematory recycling centers available to sort the metals into higher grade and lower grade metals depending on the composition. The sorted metals are melted into a different form and then sold to metal recyclers for secondary use. The recycled metal implants are eventually used for other purposes, such as being used in the construction of planes or cars. The proceeds that recycling companies receive for the processing of metal implants is donated to charities or given back to the crematoriums.

Implant recycling is usually only done with the permission of the deceased’s family members. In rare circumstances, a family may request to keep the metal implants. However, rest assured that metal implants are handled in an environmentally-safe and dignified manner during the cremation process.

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Retinal Detachments: How It Happens and What to Do about It?

Retinal detachments are a condition where the retinal tissue in the back of your eye – the part of your eye that processes light – pulls away from the tissue behind it. While they are usually painless, retinal detachments are a serious medical condition that can result in permanent vision loss if left untreated.

Human Eye Anatomy

How it Happens

There are some risk factors that make retinal detachment more likely:

If you are severely nearsighted, you are more likely to experience a retinal tear or detachment because myopia (nearsightedness) involves a chronic strain to the retina.

Eye injury or cataract surgery also increases your likelihood of retinal detachment for a similar reason. These situations can disturb the retina or the nearby vitreous body (gel), which increases the possibility of a retinal tear.

Family history of retinal detachment also increases your chances because the same biological factors that predispose family members to retinal detachments may be present for you.

As you age, your likelihood of retinal detachment This happens because vitreous gel shrinks as you age, creating tension on your retina. Sometimes that tension leads to a retinal tear or detachment.

A previous history of retinal tears or detachments is also a risk factor that can lead to multiple retinal detachments.

Retinal Detachment

What to Do About It

Warning signs of a retinal detachment include increased “floaters” in your vision, flashes of light, or dimming of peripheral vision. These warning signs are caused by the retina losing its ability to work properly when it detaches from the nerve and blood supply at the back of your eye.

Successful treatment for retinal detachments includes early detection. It’s important to get your eyes checked regularly by a vision specialist. They can spot potential retinal tears before you ever notice the warning signs of retinal detachment. Regular follow-up visits to a vision specialist can help prevent multiple retinal detachments for the same reason.

If you notice any of the warning signs of retinal detachment, visit your vision specialist immediately. Do not wait to see if your vision improves on its own. Retinal detachments can become worse suddenly. If they are not treated promptly, retinal detachments can result in permanent vision loss.

When caught early, the correction for a retinal tear or detachment can prevent or reverse the loss of vision. Sometimes the tear can be repaired. Some surgeries can minimize the damage caused by a retinal detachment or decrease the likelihood of multiple retinal detachments.

Regardless of the severity of the condition, retinal detachment is considered a medical emergency and should be regarded accordingly.

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15 Myths About Hormone Pellets in Arizona

There are many myths about the various forms of testosterone replacement therapy. This is especially true with hormone pellets in Arizona, which is an alternative delivery method for testosterone and estradiol.  Other forms of therapy include the use of testosterone creams or injectables, and estradiol pills or creams.

Today we’re dispelling 15 myths about hormone pellets.

It will hurt. The testosterone pellet insertion procedure is quick and painless.  The only part you feel is the initial injection of a shot of lidocaine to numb the area.

Women can’t take testosterone. Not true!  Testosterone is a major hormone in both men and women.  While it’s true men have a much higher level of testosterone in their body, the ovaries produce both estrogen and testosterone.

Testosterone will make me break out. Acne can occur with testosterone therapy as it makes your skin oilier. This is dose-related and only happens with a few people.

Testosterone will make me angry all the time. Bioidentical testosterone is a natural anti-depressant and generally has a positive effect on moods.

Won’t I get big and bulky all the time? Hormone pellets in Arizona will not cause big, bulky muscles. Testosterone, properly prescribed and monitored, will result in lean muscle, less fat, and faster recovery from exercise.

Testosterone will make my voice deeper. A lot of people remember how their voice changed during puberty and worry they are going to experience a big change while on testosterone.  However, chances are if you’ve gone through puberty already your voice is as deep as it’s going to get!

I will lose my hair. Testosterone therapy will not make you lose your hair.  Hair loss is due to the shrinking of hair follicles and the sensitivity of your hair follicles is determined by genetics and not testosterone.

Testosterone pellets aren’t safe. Not true at all!  In fact, the ingredients in pellets are FDA approved and the distribution of pellets is regulated by the DEA and respective State Pharmacy Boards.

But what about increased heart attack in men? The truth is that testosterone has consistently been shown to protect against heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes, plaque formation of the brain and loss of energy, libido, and muscle.

I heard that testosterone pellets weren’t natural. The pellets are made from wild yams and soy which have the highest concentration of any substance.

The procedure takes forever. Our skilled and certified doctors insert the pellets in as little as 3 to 10 minutes.  The entire visit takes approximately 30 minutes to review labs and aftercare.

It costs too much money. Prices for hormone pellets in Arizona are the approximately same as injections, pills, and creams for the period of time covered.

The downtime is too long. The pellet procedure is simple.  Women have a three-day bandage to cover the area over the small insertion to ensure sterility. Men have a seven-day bandage to ensure sterility.

These pellets will stay imprisoned in my body. The pellets are 100% pure hormones and get completely dissolved into the bloodstream over a period of time, generally from 4 to 6 months.  Only pure, bioidentical hormones are put in a small fatty area and the body uses them up over time.

I can’t take pellets because I’m already taking cream/pills/shots. Hormone pellets in Arizona are an alternative to taking testosterone injections or creams and an alternative to taking estradiol pills or creams.

We have used other forms of hormones for years and they usually work fine, but now you have another option – hormone pellets in Arizona.  If you would like to know if they are right for you, call our office today to schedule a consultation. You can change back at any time.

Labial Reduction
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What You Need To Know about Labial Reduction in Arizona?

When you decide to undergo any type of cosmetic surgery, it can be one of the most personal – and often private – decisions that you make. This is especially the case with a labial reduction in Arizona because many women feel they have no one to talk to because the subject is so personal. Following are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about labial reduction, otherwise known as labiaplasty.

What is a labiaplasty procedure?

A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to reduce the size of the labia, which are the inner and outer folds of the vulva, at either side of the vagina.

The purpose of the procedure is to create a neater and more symmetrical appearance to the inner and outer labia. The labia are not removed in this procedure, as they are needed to protect the delicate inner areas.

Why would a woman need labial reduction in Arizona?

Approximately a third of women choose to have the labiaplasty procedure for aesthetic reasons because they aren’t happy with the appearance of their labia. Other reasons for surgery include discomfort when inserting a tampon, inflammation, and pain during sex, or general chafing when performing day-to-day activities.

How long does the procedure take?

Although the surgical procedure is quite complex, it is relatively quick and usually takes just 15 minutes to an hour. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia.

What is the recovery and downtime like following labia reduction in Arizona?

Many patients take one week off from work, but some patients have been known to take up to three weeks off. The length of your recovery will depend on the type of work you do and your recovery rate. Patients typically experience swelling and discomfort for the first week following the procedure, but it typically begins to subside after the second week.

You will be able to bathe or shower after the procedure, but you must avoid using tampons, exercising, and engaging in sexual intercourse for 3-4 weeks or until the area is fully healed. You will also need to refrain from driving for at least a week until you get the all-clear from your surgeon.

What is the difference between labia reduction in Arizona and vaginoplasty?

A common misconception is assuming that a labiaplasty is the same as a vaginoplasty. A labiaplasty is a procedure that reduces the size of the labia, whereas vaginoplasty usually refers to tightening of the vagina.

What are the risks and complications associated with labiaplasty surgery?

 All surgical procedures come with some level of risk and this usually includes inflammation and infection. The best way to avoid risks and complications is to choose an experienced and qualified surgeon who performs the procedure on a regular basis.

Have we answered all of your questions?  To find out more about a labial reduction in Arizona, call our office today to schedule a consultation. We can discuss your goals with regard to the procedure openly and honestly and put you completely at ease.

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The Top Ways to Care for Your Buford Affordable Dental Implants

Although Buford affordable dental implants are designed to look and function like your natural teeth, care must be taken when maintaining them to protect against peri-implant disease. For best results, you will have a comprehensive plan for the maintenance of dental implants that includes both a home care routine and regular dental exams and cleanings from a hygienist that specializes in implants.

The bottom line is that cleaning around your Buford affordable dental implants differs from maintenance of natural teeth for two reasons: The first is that they attach to surrounding bone and gums in a very different way; secondly, the materials from which implants are made are very different from natural teeth.

The daily care of dental implants is very similar to the care of natural teeth. Restored dental implants should be kept clean and plaque-free twice a day using a brush and floss. Cleaning is especially important after meals. This is accomplished by gently brushing, giving special attention to all sides of the implant.

Oral hygiene aids may include:
• Small, soft, manual toothbrush or an electric brush;
• Low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste;
• Dental floss for cleaning around the abutments.
Other supplies that may be recommended by the doctor can include:
• Antimicrobial mouth rinses;
• Inter-dental brushes or other aids for removing plaque between the teeth on either side of the implant(s);
• Tablets to stain the locations of plaque accumulation.

You must be committed not only to daily dental hygiene at home, but to regular visits to your dentist. It is recommended that you see your dentist every 3 to 6 months for a professional exam and cleaning. Your Buford affordable dental implants should be examined by an annual x-ray.

What Can Happen If I Don’t Take Care of My Dental Implants?

Implants can develop problems without consistent daily care. The earliest sign of a problem begins with bleeding, which may be successfully treated if caught early. Unfortunately, if it progresses to bone loss, it is not reversible. Left untreated, it can lead to advanced bone loss and require the removal of the implant.
Twice annually, or as recommended by your dentist, you will need to schedule an exam and professional cleaning. Your hygienist will remove buildup of plaque, calculus and stains using special instruments. To preserve the surface of the implants, only instruments made of plastic, nylon, graphite, or ones with a Teflon coating should be used.

Your dentist will then conduct an exam, checking for movement and inspecting the soft tissue surrounding your implants. Probing of spaces between implants and soft tissue will reveal potential periodontal pockets that need to be watched. Pocket depths that begin to reach 5mm or more are susceptible to bacteria that can lead to failing implants.

We are experts at providing Buford affordable dental implants, and will share detailed tips for maintenance of dental implants at every visit. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to learn more about the benefits of dental implants and how you can maintain them to last a lifetime.

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All-On-4 Dental Implants in Crown Point – Are They Right For You?

All-On-4 in Crown Point is a treatment option that’s being heavily advertised on TV, radio, print and on the web. Touted as a fast and economical way to avoid the discomfort and embarrassment of dentures, this is a very specific treatment plan that can replace all or most of a patient’s missing teeth in the upper or lower dental arch.

The main appeal of All-On-4 dental implants is that they involve only 4 strategically placed implants, as opposed to 5 or even 6. So the patient gets a nearly full set of teeth, using only 4 implants.

These are some additional benefits of All-On-4 dental implants in Crown Point.

Involves Less Surgery: Only four implants need to be placed and bone grafting procedures such as sinus lifts are often not needed.

More Economical: Only four implants are required, thus reducing the cost of the surgery as well as that of the final restoration.

Takes Less Time: Because advanced surgical procedures are often avoided and the time and number of visits required to fabricate the final restoration is reduced, the entire procedure requires fewer hours in the chair.

All-On-4 Dental Implants in Crown Point Are Not For Everyone

Before embarking on the All-On-4 treatment course, many factors must be considered. Failure to do so will lead to dramatic disappointment for both you and your dentist.

While it is the dentist’s responsibility to determine whether All-On-4 dental implants is a viable treatment option, it is the patient’s duty to ask a lot of questions about the pros and cons of such treatment.

Here are two important considerations that must be taken into account when deciding if All-On-4 is a good choice for you.

  • The more missing teeth that need to be replaced, the greater stress and strain is placed on the implants and the supporting bone around them.
  • If the opposite dentition is exceedingly strong, the implants will be subjected to incredible forces. Imagine a large man with powerful jaw muscles and the force his implants will endure. The greater the force, the more implants will be needed to help share or distribute the load.

Remember, there are just 4 implants to support the functional load of an entire dental arch. If the force factors are relatively low and there is an abundance of bone to support properly sized and angled implants, the All-On-4 treatment can offer years of service to a very satisfied patient.

And thanks to both dental creativity and a lot of publicity, All-On-4 dental implants in Crown Point have become a very popular and sought-after treatment option. It can be a valuable service to the person seeking better function, esthetics and comfort, less time in the dental chair, and a lower overall investment.

Success with this technique can be a real game-changer in the quality of life of the patient. To be able to smile, eat, and live in comfort is something that was unheard of for denture wearers just a few years ago.

As a highly trained implant dentist, it is my goal to properly address the demands that will be placed on my patients’ teeth and implants. If you would like to determine if you are a candidate for the revolutionary All-On-4 dental implants in Crown Point, call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s boost your quality of life!

Knee Replacement
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Top 10 Questions Following Knee Replacement in New Orleans

Total knee replacements in New Orleans are extremely successful procedures that improve a patient’s quality of life – and most importantly – relieve arthritic pain.

For the past 5 -10 years, studies have revealed 95% positive results. More recently, the longevity of total knee joint replacements has increased; in some cases it will outlast the patient’s life span.

Following are 10 of the most commonly asked questions we receive regarding post-surgery knee replacement in New Orleans.

1. What do I do when I return home? After surgery and the hospital stay, patients typically feel tired and drowsy. You will be advised to rest and elevate the leg, advance your diet as tolerated and be sure to take your medications as directed.

2. What about my dressing and when do I return to the office? The dressing typically remains in place for a week before it can be removed. After the dressing is off, you may continue to shower. Unless a problem arises, you will be given any appointment about six weeks from the time of your surgery.

3. What about walking? Following knee replacement in Louisiana, it is important to remember that performing non-strenuous daily activities will not cause any damage to your joint. Returning to normal activities and using your joint in a functional manner will actually improve your recovery.

4. What about ice and elevation? Ice and elevation helps reduce pain and swelling and often works better than oral pain medication, which is why it is typically recommended. Apply ice therapy as often as possible while you are awake and especially after activities such as physical therapy and exercising.

5. What about swelling, redness, bruising or drainage? It is normal to have some swelling following surgery. It is not unusual to have some redness around the wound and some clear, yellow or blood-tinged drainage. Despite proper care, any wound can become infected. The signs of infection are increased pain, a substantial amount of drainage or pus coming from the wound, with redness and fever. If infection is suspected, please call your orthopedic surgeon immediately.

6. What about my prescriptions? All prescribed medications should be taken as directed. Some can produce side effects such as bleeding, stomach upset, headaches, dizziness, constipation, etc. If you have any major problem or allergic reaction, stop the medication and call your orthopedic surgeon.

7. When can I return to work? You may return to an office-type job whenever you feel comfortable enough. If your job requires vigorous activities, or if you have to use public transportation, you must be the judge as to when you feel capable to return.

8. What about transportation? As a general rule, you may resume driving as soon as you are comfortable, fully alert and are no longer taking narcotic pain medications. This is usually anywhere from 2-4 weeks after surgery. You may take the train or bus or ride in a car as soon as you are comfortable. Air travel is allowed as soon as you feel capable.

9. What about exercise? We recommend physical therapy for all patients after knee replacement in Louisiana. You may return to normal activities as soon as you are comfortable. Walking, sitting, standing, getting up from and into a chair or the toilet is part of your rehabilitation program. Using a stationary bicycle will help improve your range of motion.

10. When can I swim? If you have access to a pool, you can swim as long as the wound has no drainage and is fully healed. Swim for 5-10 minutes and then dry the incision.

Make sure you’re aware of the dos and don’ts of recovering from joint replacement surgery before you undergo the procedure. This includes avoiding high-impact activities and staying on top of your physical therapy. Your goal is to ensure the long-term success of your implant and surgery.

If you are considering joint replacement surgery or have any questions or concerns regarding your recovery from knee replacement in New Orleans, call our office today to schedule a consultation.