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Tendon vs. Ligament – What Is the Difference?

When a soft tissue injury occurs, many people are understandably inclined to focus more on the pain and inconvenience than the specific type of tissue involved. But to ensure appropriate treatment—as well as a quick recovery and return to action—it is essential to understand the difference between a tendon and a ligament. In a nutshell, tendons and ligaments are both…

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Robotic Total Knee Replacement

R. Alex Sweet II, MD My experience since performing the first Robotic Total Knee Replacement In Baptist Health History History of Total Knee Replacement The first “Total Knee” was implanted in 1968. With inferior mechanics, materials and design, these were fraught with problems and early failure was common. Early alignment was measured using rods inserted into the femur (thigh bone)…

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The Partial Knee Replacement

Richard A. Sweet, M.D. Richard “Alex” Sweet II, MD Kate S. Hamilton, PA-C

The knee consists of three “compartments.”1. There is the medial compartment on the inside of the knee 2. The lateral compartment on the outside of the knee 3. The compartment under the kneecap

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Preoperative Medications: What To Stop And When

Richard “Alex” Sweet II, MD Richard A. Sweet, M.D. Kate S. Hamilton, PA-C

Most medications are safe to take prior to and up to the day of surgery. However, there are a selective few medications that due to medical, bleeding, or infection concerns should be stopped prior to surgery.

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Knee and Hip Replacement: The 3 week Post-Op Visit

Richard “Alex” Sweet II, MD Kate S. Hamilton, PA-C Richard A. Sweet, M.D.

Patients who are at low risk for developing blood clots are typically placed on aspirin 325mg once daily for 6 weeks post op. Patients with bleeding risks may be placed on baby aspirin (81mg) instead. Patients at higher risk for blood clots may be placed on more aggressive blood thinners such as Plavix, Coumadin, Xeralto, or Eliquis for varying lengths of time.

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Ankle Fractures: Surgical vs. Non-Surgical

Richard “Alex” Sweet II, MD

The ankle is made up of two bones, the tibia (shin bone) and fibula (the bone on the outside/lateral aspect). The tibia ends with two bony prominences, the medial (inside) malleolus and the posterior (in the back) malleolus.

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The Anterior Approach to Total Hip Replacement

Richard “Alex” Sweet II, MD

“Anterior” is a medical term used to describe a location on the body more towards the front. The incision is in the area near your front pants pocket. A tradition posterior approach has an incision near your back pants pocket.

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Computer Navigation Total Hip Arthroplasty – The Hip “Xpert”

Richard “Alex” Sweet II, MD

A computer is used to improve implant positioning compared to traditional methods in an attempt to reduce complications. Robots and computers offer levels of precision and accuracy far beyond the natural capabilities of any surgeon. Recently, there has been an increasing trend towards incorpo-rating robots and computers in surgery.

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4130 Dutchman's Lane
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40207

Northgate Medical Center
3605 Northgate Court
Suite 207
New Albany, IN 47150