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When to Prescribe Total Knee Replacement Surgery for Your Patients

Osteoarthritis & Orthopedic Surgery

David A. Fisher, MD, director, Total Joint CenterIndiana Orthopaedic Hospital discusses which patients qualify as candidates for total knee replacement surgery. According to Fisher, progressive loss of function that impacts quality of life, along with significant x-ray changes will often qualify a patient for the operation, provided they are in good health and have been screened by an internist. Potential risks of knee replacement surgery include deep venous thrombosis, infection or anesthesia-related conditions.

Resources & References

www.indianaorthopaedichospital.com/bio-cards/Fisher.pdf

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22868835

www.depuysynthes.com/patients/knee/attune-knee

Disclosures:

David A. Fisher, MD

Royalty: DePuy Synthes

Patent Holder: DePuy Synthes

Speaker’s Bureau: DePuy Synthes