Memorial Bone & Joint Research Foundation
Memorial Bone & Joint Research Foundation
 

What are your business hours?

Our offices are open 0900 to 1700., Monday through Friday (except holidays).
Appointments can be made by calling our (713) 827 9316 during office hours.

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (pronounced ah-stee-oh-arth-rite-iss) is the most common form of arthritis. It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage is the tough elastic material that covers and protects the ends of bones. Bits of cartilage may break off and cause pain and swelling in the joint between bones. This pain and swelling is called inflammation.

Over time the cartilage may wear away entirely, and the bones will rub together. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but usually affects hips, knees, hands and spine.

Will physical therapy be required after surgery?

Major surgery on a joint may take two or three hours in the operating room. Getting full range of motion, strength and flexibility back in that joint after surgery usually takes months. That's where pre-operative exercise and education and post-operative physiotherapy programs come in - to ensure you're physically and emotionally prepared for surgery, and to maximize your recovery after surgery. Together, such programs are among the most important determinants in the success of your surgery.

Do I need a doctor's referral to make an appointment with Dr. Stefan Kreuzer MD

Most medical specialists will accept only referred patients. This is partly to try to ensure that the specialist you are seeing is appropriate for your condition, and also because a referral allows you to receive the maximum Medicare rebate.

How long will my new hip last?

Between 15 – 20 years depending on level of activity and types of activities that are participated in. Obesity also plays a factor. Therefore, it is important to stay active and fit to extend the life of the new hip.

How long is the hospital stay?

Generally speaking, 2 – 3 days.

How long is the incision?

About 4 inches.

How soon after surgery will I be able to walk?

Most of our patients walk as early as 3 – 4 hours after hip replacement.

What kind of therapy is required?

Generally speaking, no therapy is ordered. We ask that our patients walk as much as possible for the first 6 weeks following surgery and avoid other types of exercise activities until the bone has had a chance to grow into the prosthesis

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