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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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Doctor will not operate on my knee due to my medical condition

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Doctor will not operate on my knee due to my medical condition I can not put any weight on my leg I just collapses what is the alternative
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.

Hi. First off what's wrong with your knee?

And what is the medical condition that would prevent the operation?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I have been diagnosed with arthritis and have been told I am a high risk for operation due to medical issues of heart diese diabites copd

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.

OK Arthur--have you had x-rays and an MRI of your knee to assess the problem there?

And is it the surgeon who refuses to operate on you or is a problem with anesthesia?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Can't have Mri scan due to pace maker think I may be due to anesthetiseranesthetiser

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK--are we talking about having a total knee replacement?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

No

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Well can you tell me what kind of operation on your knee you need?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Key hole to investigate the problem

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK. Well you need to discuss this with your GP and an anesthesiologist Arthur. That kind of surgery can be done under spinal anesthesia or an epidural and that doesn't risk the problems with general anesthesia in patients with COPD and heart problems. There's no reason why you can't have the surgery done with the proper type of anesthesia

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