Monthly Archives: July 2018

THE DOCTOR IS IN: Separating Facts from Fiction of Knee Replacement

July 26, 2018

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Knee replacements have come a long way over the years, and along with improvements are misconceptions. Modern medicine is now able to reduce your post-surgical “down time” and in many cases, avoid surgery altogether. Let’s take a look at some of those myths.

Myth: You have to have knee surgery.

Truth: No one should tell you that you have to have surgery. YOU, the patient, determine when the time is right. Your orthopedic surgeon can show you the progression of your condition and discuss your discomfort level, however you are the one who makes the final decision.  Many times knee discomfort may be managed conservatively with options such as NSAIDS, physical therapy, strengthening, injections, or PRP (platelet rich plasma).

Myth: Advertising shows people running and jumping after knee surgery.

Truth: Don’t fall prey to marketing.  Everyone is unique and outcomes are different based on your individual situation.  Returning to golf and tennis are reasonable expectations after knee replacement for many patients.  Dropping 10 pounds prior to surgery and following your physical therapy instructions will make a difference in recovery.

Myth: My knee should feel like it did when I was 17.

Truth: All surgeries require a period of adjustment in recovery. If you’re 60 years old, expecting your knee to behave as it did when you were a teen is not realistic. Since everyone is different, your recovery will depend on you. Most patients are happy how their knee feels after replacement and would recommend replacement.

Myth: I heard a lecture that knee replacements don’t work and I should have regenerative therapy instead.

Truth: According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over 90% of people having a knee replacement experienced reduced pain and are able to return to their normal activities they previously gave up. While PRP and Stem Cell Therapies are options, they aren’t the “golden ticket” you may hear in lectures peddling the fountain of youth. These may be helpful for some, but they do not “cure” arthritis and are not presently covered under insurance. Remember, everyone is different and what works for some, won’t work for others.

Bottom line: Know your orthopedic surgeon and ask questions. Based on my condition, how much improvement should I expect? What are the risks/complications? When can I go back to work? May I drive? The more you know, the lower your anxiety level and the better your ability to make decisions. ###

Steven Page, MD is a Fellowship Trained / Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with a specialty in Sports Medicine. He specializes in surgical and non-surgical treatment of knees and shoulders. Sarasota Orthopedic Associates offers same day/next day appointments in all three locations. Visit 360-ORTHOPEDICS or call 941-951-2663 for more information.

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THE DOCTOR IS IN: Getting to Know Dr Graham

July 2, 2018

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Dr Jemaar Graham is a Board Certified Podiatrist and trained to treat all problems related to the foot and ankle with both conservative and traditional modalities. He is a native of Lakeland, FL and joined 360-ORTHOPEDICS in May. We’re pleased to welcome him to our family and asked him to give us some insight into what motivates him.

What inspired you to become a physician? I’ve wanted to be a physician since early childhood. I accompanied my mother as she was seen by a podiatrist while I was in elementary school. After the nurses that worked there gave me a tour of the clinic, I knew it was what I wanted to do. In the following years I shadowed other Podiatrists, and studied bio-physics and knew Podiatry was a great fit for me.

Why orthopedics? I enjoy working with my hands and have an interest spatial reasoning. In many ways orthopedics is like being a carpenter. Thinking in three dimensions, solving problems and putting broken pieces back together again was much more attractive to me than other medical specialties.

What do you love most about your job? Seeing the relief on patient’s faces after treatment. There’s a sense of hope and restoration that comes from patients when overcoming something that was ailing them; it’s an honor to contribute to that.

What is your biggest challenge? Insurance companies and costs. There are many ways we as physicians could better treat patients if costs and payments were such an inhibiting factor.

If I weren’t an orthopedic physician I’d be a: Radiologist…maybe. Imaging and interpretation are a fascinating part of patient care. I think I would grow bored though

Your proudest moment? Seeing my daughter thrive and do well in anything she sets her mind to.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled? Why? Ghana. It was a blessing and honor to see the country of ancestors that is still filled with so much love and contentment.

Any hobbies? Activities? Photography

What’s your next adventure? Becoming a father of two daughters

Your guilty pleasure food? New York style cheesecake or red velvet Learn more about Dr Graham here. You may also make an appointment through our website or by calling 941-951-2663. Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has three locations and offers same day/next day appointments when needed.

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