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Total Knee Replacement FAQs

Posted by George Branovacki, MD on September 5, 2017

For patients who have been told that they’re candidates for total knee replacement, it’s perfectly natural to have a great deal of questions. Patients and family members want to know what to do to prepare, what will be done during the surgery and what to expect about recovery.

If you're preparing for total knee replacement, keep in mind that while it may feel like you're stepping into the unknown, orthopedic surgeons successfully perform these procedures every day.

To provide some peace of mind, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about total knee replacement.

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Topics: Knee

ACL Tear Recovery - WGN Segment with James Leonard MD [VIDEO]

Posted by Todd Mensik on January 4, 2017

 

Dr. Leonard recently appeared on a segment of the WGN-TV series "Living Healthy Chicago" about a local father of three recovering from an ACL tear. Dr. Leonard discussed the nature of the injury, how surgery is performed and what part patients play in their recovery.

“I can do the best ACL surgery in the world, but it’s all about how they approach the rehab,” he said. You can watch the full segment entitled "Bouncing Back From an ACL Tear" below.

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Topics: Surgery, Knee

MCL Sprain: Pain Relief and Treatment Options

Posted by James P. Leonard, MD on October 31, 2016

MCL sprain is a fairly common sports injury. The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a band of tissue that connects the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia) on the inside part of the knee. The MCL prevents the knee from buckling inward, and is the ligament most commonly injured in sports. The term "sprain" means an injured ligament. MCL is usually the result of a direct blow to the outside part of the knee commonly seen in contact sports such as football, soccer or rugby.

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Topics: Knee