The advantages of partial knee replacement surgery

Orthopedic surgeons like to think about the knee joint as having three compartments: the medial compartment (inside the knee), the lateral compartment (outside the knee) and the patella femoral compartment (in front of the knee).  If a patient has degeneration in only one compartment, then only that compartment needs to be resurfaced, not the entire…

Top 20 Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon Prior to Surgery

– On this blog, I have discussed many topics surrounding complex hip and knee issues, from understanding joint pain to choosing the right orthopedic surgeon. As head of the of the Leone Center for Orthopedic Care at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, my practice focuses exclusively on solving complex hip and knee problems, including…

Top Five “Need-to-Knows” about Hip Replacement Surgery

The latest statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that some 327,000 hip replacements are performed annually in the U.S. That number is predicted to increase to nearly 600,000 in the U.S. alone by the year 2030. Also, according to a 2006 report by Datamonitor, an international marketing firm, the…

Top Six Questions to Determine Serious Knee Pain or Need for Knee Surgery

— Knee pain is a widespread complaint affecting people of all ages. It can originate from a sports injury or past trauma, such as a fall. Many medical conditions also can lead to knee pain and arthritis. This includes infection and also autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis; childhood diseases such as Rickets or Blount’s…

Knee Replacement Surgery in Younger Patients

There has been much discussion in the medical community about partial and total knee replacement surgery in younger patients.  Long used to treat severe arthritis in the elderly, knee replacement surgery for those aged 45 to 54, who cannot find relief with more conservative treatments, is projected to increase to nearly one million procedures by…

The Ortho Hour

Periodically I host a free, hour-long informational session called the Ortho Hour, which is specifically tailored to give information and hope to those with aching knees and hips.  As head of the Leone Center for Orthopedic Care at Holy Cross Hospital, part of my philosophy is to inform people that there are treatment options available…

Sharing Surgical Techniques with Orthopedic Surgeons Abroad

  As part of the Holy Cross Hospital International Team, I have had the privilege to visit several countries as a featured guest speaker to share surgical techniques and best practices with orthopedic surgeons from other nations. In November 2011, I spoke at the LXXII Congreso Medico Nacional in Costa Rica, which is that country’s largest…

How to Minimize Risks Prior to Joint Replacement Surgery

Determining potential risk factors for each patient prior to joint replacement surgery can affect the success of the operation as well as facilitate the best post-surgical outcome. At The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care, we assess each patient with a consultation, thorough examination and evaluation of all conditions that might pose risks prior to knee…

The Benefits of Partial vs. Total Knee Replacement

One of the most frequent questions we are asked at the Leone Center for Orthopedic Care is, “What are the benefits of a partial versus a total knee replacement?” To answer that question, we first must explore the reasons why a particular patient may develop knee joint degeneration. At the Leone Center for Orthopedic Care,…