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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

At INOV8 Orthopedics, we know that your time is valuable. With that said, we have posted the answers to some frequently asked questions below. The purpose of this page is to save you time and allow our team to provide more prompt treatment when you arrive. If you have additional questions, feel free to give us a call!

How do I know when it is time to see an orthopedic doctor?

If you are experiencing pain in your hip, knee or other joint and it has not improved with rest, the application of heat or other remedies, you should be seen by one of our expert orthopedic doctors. We also diagnose and treat injuries to soft tissues such muscles and ligaments. If you have seen your primary care physician and they have referred you to an orthopedic specialist, please call our office and make an appointment. Delaying diagnosis of an injury or condition and continuing to use that joint or muscle in everyday activities may only aggravate the condition and cause the pain to worsen.

How long does a hip replacement last?

The surgeons at INOV8 Orthopedics utilize the latest in technology and prosthetics to perform total joint replacements, both hip and knee. Our modern approach to surgery results in the best outcomes for patients, and our total joint replacements rank very high in terms of successful outcomes and longevity. Many factors determine how long a replacement hip will last including the patient’s age, weight, physical activity and motivation to maintain optimal activity for the replacement. Historically, 90% of hip and knee replacements perform well for 10-15 years or more. The surgical techniques and materials used now may produce even longer-lasting results in the years to come.

How long will I be in the hospital for a hip replacement?

Depending on individual patient circumstances, many of our hip and knee replacement surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis. Patients who qualify for outpatient joint replacement benefit from recovering at their own home and usually return to normal activity more quickly. If a patient is not an ideal candidate for outpatient surgery, the hospital stay may be 2-3 days. For more information about outpatient joint replacement surgery, please contact us!

When should I have hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement surgery should be decided in conjunction with your INOV8 orthopedic surgeon after conservative treatments have been exhausted. If your discomfort can be managed without surgery, there is no harm in waiting until you are ready. Candidacy will be based on history, x-rays, symptoms and an examination.

What is anterior hip replacement and is it better than other types of hip replacement surgery?

The direct anterior approach hip replacement places an incision on the front side of the hip instead of the side or the back (posterior approach). The anterior approach incision retracts the muscle thereby sparing any cuts through the muscle like the posterior approach. Patients undergoing the direct anterior approach for hip replacement report less pain after surgery, resulting in a faster recovery time. There is also potentially a lower dislocation risk.

When should I have knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacement surgery should be decided in conjunction with your INOV8 orthopedic surgeon after conservative treatments have been exhausted. If your discomfort can be managed without surgery, there is no harm in waiting until you are ready. Candidacy will be based on history, x-rays, symptoms and an examination.

What are the major risks for joint replacement surgery?

Infection and blood clots are serious complications that are the most concerning – these have less than a 1% chance of happening. To avoid them, we use a comprehensive infection prevention algorithm and blood thinners (prescribed to be taken following surgery). Most knee replacement surgeries go without complications. Dr. Kreuzer has performed over 750 joint replacements in our state-of-the-art INOV8 Surgical facility without a single infection.

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Inov8 Orthopedics

10496 Katy Fwy Suite 101
Houston, TX 77043

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