ADAM FREEDHAND, M.D.
Dr. Freedhand moved to Texas in the summer of 2011. He was recruited to join the rapidly growing Orthopaedic Department as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
The focus of his recruitment was to further the development of joint replacement services in partnership with the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
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- What are your business hours?
Our practice hours are from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Appointments for our surgeon can be made by telephoning our practice at 713-486-3900.
- What if my leg swells after surgery?
It is very common to experience swelling after surgery. Everyone is different, sometimes the swelling will take several days to develop. Remember that your body is healing from the surgery and some swelling is normal. The more active you are and the more exercise you perform, the more swelling you may experience.
We do want you to be active and follow your exercise instructions. However, if you are experiencing increased swelling and discomfort it may mean you are doing to much or not elevating your leg enough. You can decrease the swelling by elevating your surgical leg above the level of your face and using ice. This should be done 3-4 times a day for 15 minutes at a time or more. You should call our office if you have swelling that is accompanied by redness and heat, or if the swelling does not resolve after elevating properly.
- How much weight can I put through my leg after surgery?
You may put as much weight as feels comfortable on your surgical leg after surgery unless told otherwise. Most patients will use an assist device, i.e. a walker, crutches or cane for the first few weeks after surgery. Becoming independent from assist devices is usually directly related to how debilitated and deconditioned you were prior to surgery.
- What positions can I sleep in?
You may sleep in any positon that feels comfortable. Many patients feel most comfortable sleeping on their side with a pillow between their legs during the first month of recovery.
- What should I expect my activity level to be?
All patients are provided with a joint replacement handbook with very specific instructions on activity level and exercise that we expect you to rely on. That being said, everyone is different. You should slowly increase your activity level everyday, but let your discomfort and swelling be your guide. It is not uncommon to experience setbacks if you do too much too soon. When this occurs do not be discouraged, simply adjust your level of activity and make sure you are properly elevating your leg to decrease the swelling.
- When can I restart the meds I was told to stop prior to surgery?
We recommend resuming all of your regular prescriptions, vitamins and supplements after discharge from the hospital.
- Will I be able to kneel after surgery?
Kneeling will not damage the prosthesis, however it is common for kneeling to be uncomfortable in the beginning. Patients should wait until they feel nearly recovered before kneeling. This usually requires 2-3 months. I recommend placing a cushion or folding a blanket under your knee to help minimize the pressure on the knee. Need to make this section consistent with printed materials.