October 23, 2018
Dr. Haleem Chaudhary is a joint replacement specialist at Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He specializes in adult joint reconstruction, including total hip replacements and total and partial knee replacements. Host Clyde Gray spent some time with the joint replacement specialist to uncover some insight for active adults as we age.
You can watch the video interview with Dr. Haleem Chaudhary here:
Expert Joint Care from Dr. Haleem Chaudhary:
Dr. Haleem Chaudhary recommends maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle as you age. This helps strengthen the supporting structures around you hip and knee joints, as well as promotes proper healing in the affected regions. Unlike some surgeons, Dr. Chaudhary does not immediately recommend jumping into surgery. Rather, he suggests considering options like physical therapy or injections first.
Keeping the joint nimble, maintaining strength and the range of motion is important. Sometimes this can be solved with injections. Later, If joint degeneration persists, the eventual cure for arthritis is typically a total or partial (knee) joint replacement. Although this may sound intimidating at first, advances in orthopedic medicine have drastically reduced the severity and recovery time of the procedure. In fact, it is common for total hip and total knee patients to return home the same day.
Joint replacement became widespread in the 1970s, and over the past 40 years it has advanced dramatically. The book of research and best practices has grown exponentially, leading to minimally invasive techniques designed to preserve healthy tissue. The surgery itself is also much shorter and includes new approaches, which helps reduce the impact to the body.
Recovery time is typically between 4 and 6 weeks for a hip replacement and 8 to 10 weeks for a total knee replacement. Most outpatients joint replacement patients begin physical therapy within 24-hours of their surgery.
Dr. Haleem Chaudhary explains that The goal of the procedure is to create a well functioning, pain-free joint and restore full range of motion. This is accomplished by removing the damaged cartilage and replacing it with a metal and plastic piece. The durability of these components has improved dramatically, causing the average age of joint replacement patients to drop significantly.
If you are considering a total or partial knee replacement, schedule your appointment with Dr. Haleem Chaudhary by calling (513) 354-3700 or scheduling online.