Hip and knee replacements, introduced in the 1960s, are considered among the most important medical advances in the 20th century.
There are new joint replacements available. “They’re much more durable than the old ones so the need for revision surgeries later in life is greatly reduced,” noted Dr. Michael Koonin.
Every case is different, but in general, Dr. Koonin said that joint replacements are considered if the patient is experiencing functional limitations that restrict not just work and recreation but the ordinary activities of daily living; if pain is not relieved by conservative treatments such as medications or physical therapy; if there’s significant stiffness in the joint; or if x-rays show advanced arthritis or other problems.
Today, limited incision surgery gives orthopedic surgeons the ability, in many cases, to replace the affected joint through a smaller incision, minimizing trauma to the surrounding muscle tissue leading to a speedier recovery.
Today, joint replacements can last a very long time and the need for revision surgery has been greatly reduced, and there are virtually no restrictions in activity after surgery.
Dr. Koonin, an alumnus of University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, completed his orthopedic training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in New York.
The team at the Orthopedic Care Center consists of eight highly- trained and experienced orthopedic surgeon specialists. The center has been established for many years at 21000 N.E. 28TH Ave., on the campus of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.
For more information, call (305) 937-1999 or visit www.orthopedicare.com.