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cutting mucles after knee replacements
Posted by: Deirdre
Date: July 21, 2000 3:24 AM

Does it sound legitimate to have 2 knee replacements, but the muscles in one leg are so tight, extension is impossible? (Before the surgery, walking was possible.) Now, with one foot barely touching the ground, the back hurts. One doctor casually mentioned a major operation to nip the muscles in both legs; another said that could be accomplished through arthroscopic surgery. Braces are worn daily, but it has been almost 10 months since surgery. There seems to be no acceptable answer, and this seems a horrible assault on the body.

RE: cutting mucles after knee replacements
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: July 21, 2000 3:45 AM

Unfortunately, not all surgeries have a positive outcome. For this reason surgery should be a last resort. However, once down the surgical path, many options are no longer available and are replaced primarily with options for more surgery. The best advice I can give is find the doctor with the best reputation and most experience and work with that person.



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