If you suffer from arthritis or severe pain in your joints, and over 66 million Americans do, a possible treatment may be joint replacement surgery. On this Patient Power program, host Andrew Schorr is joined by Dr. Seth Leopold, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at UW Medicine. Dr. Leopold specializes in knee and hip replacement surgery. Learn about new approaches and minimally-invasive techniques, which are leading to shorter recovery times and better outcomes.
Begin to understand where joint replacement surgery comes in play if you are affected by arthritis. What should you consider? Who type of physician should you see? What are the questions to ask? Can joint replacement surgery improve your quality of life and get you moving again? During the program, Dr. Leopold stresses the importance of understanding what ‘minimally-invasive’ means in the context of joint replacement surgery. He details the difference in the minimally-invasive technique and traditional technique when doing a knee replacement surgery, as well as the ideal patient for these surgeries.
Brian from Olympia, Washington, also joins the program to share why he elected to have knee replacement surgery. He explains to listeners what he considered in making his decision and what has been the result of the surgery. Dr. Leopold answers several listener questions, covering topics that include: How to minimize damage to joints for those who suffer from arthritis; Alternative medicine treatment options; Removal of plates and screws in bones; And appropriate physical activities for those with arthritis. If you or someone you know suffers from arthritis and is considering joint replacement surgery, this Patient Power program is an ideal place to begin.
Seth Leopold, M.D.
Associate Professor, Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery Services, UW MedicineDr. Seth Leopold is Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center. He is also Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Leopold specializes in surgical treatments for hip and knee arthritis. He received his medical degree, with honors in research, from Cornell University Medical College and went on to... more >
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