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A Patient's Guide to Knee and Hip Replacement

A Patient's Guide to Knee and Hip Replacement

Everything You Need to Know

Foreword by: Eugene M. Wolf
Written by a patient for other patients and in consultation with an Orthopedic Surgeon and a Physical Therapist, A Patient's Guide to Knee and Hip Replacement takes readers through the complete joint-replacement process, from the decision whether to have Surgery and the Preop Preparations, through the operation itself, the hospital stay, and the recovery period.
Irwin Silber has had both knees and one hip replaced. Like hundreds of thousands of other joint-replacement patients, Silber is now physically active and free from pain as a result of today's highly effective medical technology. His chronicle of his own experiences, supplemented by interviews with many others who have had joints replaced, describes the whole procedure from a patient's perspective, including:
* How to determine whether it's time for a joint replacement, and why doctors are sometimes hesitant to perform surgery; possible consequences of delaying surgery
* A full description of the actual surgery, including the risks involved
* Information about postoperative physical therapy, including tips on how to prepare your home for the recovery process
Clearly written and profusely illustrated, A Patient's Guide to Knee and Hip Replacement is an informative and helpful book for anyone contemplating or already undergoing joint replacement.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684839202 | 
  • March 1999
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In 1997 orthopedic surgeons in the United States performed almost 400,000 total knee and hip replacements. That number is growing each year.

As a result of this relatively new medical technology, many people who thought they were fated to spend the rest of their days in a wheelchair or walking in pain -- and even then only with the help of a cane or a walker -- have resumed normal lives.

I am one of those people.

You might even say that, statistically speaking, I'm three of them, since during one twelve-month period, from March 1993 to March 1994, I had three total joint replacements -- both knees and my... see more

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