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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

9 comments on “Knee Replacement Infection: Crucial Steps To Prevent Yours

    • HI Mark …
      That’s a great question…
      We know that many patients are nervous about asking questions. From my own experience, many patients seem to be more willing. Perhaps it depends on how the patient perceives the physician’s willingness to entertain those questions.
      It’s important to understand that many hospitals may not have a routine joint replacement infection prevention protocol in place. This discussion should take place with the surgeon before your surgery is scheduled. This is your knee… and people should not be afraid to ask what we do to minimize the risk of infection.
      Hopefully most physicians are receptive to the questions and will take the time to discuss it. Otherwise… the patient has the ability to find someone else who is equally as capable from a surgical perspective, but more receptive to entertaining the concerns of patient who wants to know more.

  • The patients even can enroll for the advanced recovery programs. It helps them to recover fast and protect themselves from infections

  • I had two partial knee replacements last year. The left leg got infected. Went through the process of getting rid of the infection and total knee replacement. Three and a half months later we see infection again. Right leg is good. Why do I keep getting infection in the left leg?

    • Once you have an infection in can be very hard to eradicate. I suggest finding a revision surgeon who dealing with infected knee all the time. They are not easy to find, but can be worth the effort.

  • Had my total knee replacement 4 weeks ago. Wound is clean and healed nicely. Knee is still badly swollen and is hot to touch and still looks red.Bending it is very very painful also.
    I have pain just up from my inner ankle and it is very painful to touch and still bruised.
    The pain in my knee is now becoming unbearable and my pain relief doesn’t seem to work.
    What do?

    • You need to speak with your surgeon. They may be able to offer you alternatives to assist you in getting the swelling down and ways to better manage your pain.

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