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15 Questions to Ask your Orthopedic Surgeon
15 Questions to Ask your Orthopedic Surgeon
Lederman Kwartowitz Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provides you and your family with the finest orthopedic care available, including fractures, athletic injuries, and chronic conditions.

We specialize in arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement of the knee, hip, and shoulder, using minimally invasive surgical procedures and MLS laser therapy to reduce pain and recovery time. MLS laser therapy kick starts the healing process after surgery and benefits patients with chronic pain and swelling. Additionally, our staff has extensive experience helping patients with work or automobile-related injuries.

If a physician has told you that surgery is needed, here some of the top questions to ask your orthopedic surgeon:

  1. Are you Fellowship Trained in Orthopedics?
  2. How much improvement can I expect from my surgery?
  3. Will you provide me with either written materials or videotapes about this surgery and/or other pre-operative counseling?
  4. What type of anesthesia will be used and what are the risks?
  5. Which, if any, medications will I need to stop taking prior to surgery?
  6. How long will I be in the hospital and will I need to go to a rehabilitative center after the surgery or will I be able to go home?
  7. What are the signs of these complications?
  8. On average, how many of these surgeries are done annually at the hospital with which you are affiliated?
  9. How soon after surgery will I start physical therapy?
  10. How much post-operative pain can I expect and what medication will I be given for pain?
  11. Will I need to arrange for any type of at-home assistance and if so, for how long and will my medical insurance cover this?
  12. What are the risks involved with this type of surgery and how common are they? What types of complications might occur after surgery?
  13. What limits will there be on activities, such as bathing, driving, diet and other routine physical activity and if so for how long?
  14. How long will I be out of work and when can I drive?
  15. For how long and how often will I need to return for follow-up visits?

Get outside and Get Moving
Get outside and Get Moving
The sunshine is coming with warm weather. Time to move your workout from the gym to the outdoors.

Michigan weather keeps us trapped indoors for many months, try these five tips to help make your transition from inside to outdoors a safe and rewarding one.
  1. Start by viewing the world as a big outdoor gym. Enjoy the fresh air, a change of scenery and be creative! Plan a new walking route, find a peaceful hiking trail or join an outdoor pool.  
  2. Learn your route beforehand. Whether you decide to power walk down the city streets or mountain bike along a remote wooded trail, the distractions of your surroundings take your mind off the work of working out.
  3. Transition from treadmill to terrain. Now that you have your route or activities in mind, understand that walking or running on uneven surfaces engages more muscles, particularly the ones in your feet, ankles and shins.
  4. Suit up right. Regardless of the temperature, wearing properly fitted, supportive clothing and sneakers is crucial for any outdoor workout.
  5. Find your group to keep you motivated. If you need some added structure to help you get out the door, check out your local community centers and your department of parks and recreation for free or low-cost memberships to pools, tennis courts and more.

Fall Sports Injuries

Can you believe it’s already September? Although I’m sad to see the summer coming to an end, I must admit, fall is my favorite time of year. With the fall comes the start of high school and youth sports. By now, most fall sports have played their first couple of games and we have seen a number of athletes with injuries.  One of the most important questions we face is when can an athlete return to play and when should you seek medical treatment.  Most high schools have access to a trainer who is a fantastic resource.  If a trainer is available, he or she is the best first line of medical treatment. Unfortunately younger athletes may not have the same access, so these are signs and symptoms to look out for.

Any injury that causes a player to lose strength or unable to participate at full speed should sit out until the athlete has regained full strength without pain.  Injuries such as strains and sprains cause this form of discomfort, and while the injury may not have long term consequences, it may place the athlete at higher risk for a more serious injury if the athlete cannot play at full speed. Injuries that cause significant swelling or bruising often indicate a more extensive injury and should be evaluated more quickly by a medical professional.  In this type of situation, it is unadvisable to return to play prior to evaluation by a doctor. Severe pain, any noticeable deformities, extensive swelling, numbness, or injuries that leave an athlete unable to use an extremity should be evaluated by a doctor or taken to an emergency department immediately. Additionally, with the increased recognition of concussions and head trauma, athletes who lose consciousness or have lingering neurologic symptoms such as headache, dizziness, or inability to focus should be removed from play until he or she can be evaluated by a doctor.

Thankfully, young athletes heal quickly.  The majority of injuries are strains and sprains; these injuries can be treated conservatively and will return to play typically within 2 to 4 weeks.  More extensive injuries including fractures and ligament tears require around 6 to 8 weeks to heal. Injuries that require surgical interventions will likely keep the athlete out the rest of the season.

Good luck and stay healthy!


Five Things You Didn't Know About Knee Replacement Surgery

1.  We offer one-of-a-kind patient-customized knee replacements as well as traditional knee replacements.

2.  Our patients are rarely in the hospital more than 2 days.

3.  Patients may be eligible for a partial knee replacement which can occasionally be performed on an outpatient basis.

4.  Our patients are often up and walking with a Physical Therapist within a few hours of their surgery.

5.  Our patients often tell us they wish they had their procedure performed earlier.


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