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Harlingen Medical Center Doc Talk Lecture: Total Knee Replacement

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Harlingen Medical Center Doc Talk Lecture: Total Knee Replacement

Dr. Jose Cobos, Orthopedic Surgeon and Partner-in-Care to Harlingen Medical CenterHarlingen – If you are experiencing knee pain when you stand, walk, or essentially try to make the most minimal of movement, then you may be one whose knee joints have been damaged by some form of trauma, progressive arthritis, or a destructive disease of the joint. The good news is there is help to get you back to your active lifestyle. Dr. Jose Cobos, Orthopedic Surgeon and Partner-in-Care to Harlingen Medical Center (HMC), will offer a full lecture on the surgical treatment that is now available when he presents the first HMC Doc Talk Lecture of the 2015 on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., at the nationally recognized hospital.

The lecture, titled "Taking Your Life Back: Total Knee Replacement," will be presented in a PowerPoint with question-and-answer session after the presentation. Dr. Cobos will cover the following topics in the one-hour lecture:

  • What is total knee replacement
  • Who should consider total knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement surgery
  • What to expect before, during and after surgery
  • Improving your physical mobility after surgery
  • The benefits of outpatient (rehabilitation) services
  • Benefits of total knee replacement

"Patients who have severe destruction of the knee joint linked to progressive pain and function impairment are a likely candidate for knee replacement surgery," said Dr. Cobos. "These individuals may experience excruciating pain while attempting some form of movement. But, knee replacement surgery will relieve any pain the individual may be experiencing as we surgically remove the damaged portion of the knee and replace it with plastic and metal parts."

Total Knee Replacement surgery is performed to remove the end of the femur, also known as the thighbone, and replace it with a metal shell. The end of the lower leg bone, also known as the tibia, is also removed and replaced with a channeled plastic piece with a metal stem. In some cases, a plastic button may also be added under the kneecap surface – depending on the condition of the kneecap portion of the knee joint. The artificial components of a total knee replacement are called the prosthesis.

"Before an individual undergoes (total knee replacement) surgery it is imperative that the joints closest to the diseased knee are thoroughly evaluated. This must be done to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and an effective recovery from the surgery," said Dr. Cobos.

The Harlingen Medical Center Doc Talk Lecture, scheduled for January 14th , is open to the public and will be held at the hospital's Medical Office Building Conference Room, located at 5505 S. Expressway 77 in Harlingen, Texas. There is no fee to attend and those interested are encouraged to RSVP to 956-365-1848 before the scheduled event.

About the HMC Doc Talk Lecture Series

The HMC Doc Talk Lecture Series is hosted annually by Harlingen Medical Center's Community Relations Program between the months of October and May. The goal of the lectures is to offer the community free health and wellness education as well as an opportunity to ask questions of the lecturing physician and have immediate responses.

Every year, during the month of February, the lecture series presents multiple cardiovascular-related lectures, from multiple interventional cardiologists, as Harlingen Medical Center celebrates National Heart Month. This is in support of the award winning hospital's Open Heart Surgery Program, which has been recognized as one of the Top 15% programs in the country by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

To learn more about the Harlingen Medical Center Doc Talk Lecture series, contact the Marketing and Business Development Department at 956-365-1848.