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Total Knee Replacement & Rehabilitation - The Knee Owner's Manual

About.com Rating 5 Star Rating
User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


Updated November 01, 2006

The Bottom Line

I wish this book had been available to guide me in 1988 when I (Carol Eustice - Arthritis Guide for About) went through bilateral total knee replacement surgery. Knee replacement surgery literally can give a person back their life. The patient should know what to expect before, during, and after the surgery, as well as what their responsibility is to assure a successful result. This book serves as the knee owner's manual -- and it is a masterpiece.
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  • Explains total joint replacement thoroughly and understandably.
  • Written by experts with professional and personal experience.
  • Empowers patients by showing them their responsibility for successful surgery.
  • Is a quick and easy reference, pre-op and post-op.
  • Anticipates questions a patient may have and offers the answers.


  • No cons!


  • Clearly written.
  • Clearly illustrated.
  • Explains what to expect before surgery.
  • Explains what to do after surgery.
  • Offers critical information and valuable advice.
  • Encouraging.
  • Maps out the road to recovery.
  • Personal as well as professional insight - Dr. Falkel had bilateral total knee replacements.

Guide Review - Total Knee Replacement & Rehabilitation - The Knee Owner's Manual

Total Knee Replacement & Rehabilitation - The Knee Owner's Manual was written by orthopedic surgeon Daniel J. Brugioni, M.D. and physical therapist Jeff Falkel, Ph.D., P.T., CSCS., whose specialty is working with joint replacement patients. The book is extremely easy to follow as it lays out step-by-step the replacement procedure and a one-year program for complete rehabilitation. The book begins with information about knee arthritis and various treatment options. Total knee replacement is considered end-stage treatment for knee arthritis. How do you know when it's time for replacement? How do you know if you're ready? How can you avoid complications? The book answers myriad questions about total knee replacement surgery, prepares the patient for the pre-op period, the operating room phase, and the post-op period. In a chronological format, the patient is prepared for specific exercises - some of which are designed for the pre-op period, some which begin the first day after surgery, and others added over time as part of strengthening and developing range of motion. There are 145 exercises in the book, illustrated with photographs or drawings, and an easy-to-use appendix which quickly gets you back to the exercise you are searching for from the list of specific range-of-motion, strengthening, balance, hot-tub and pool, Futebol, Thera-Band, and walking exercises. If you are having knee replacement surgery, the book is a must-have. You will refer to it again and again.
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 5 out of 5
Total Knee Replacement & Rehab., Member joannebevilacqua

This book is amazing. I referred to it everyday for months after having had both my knees replaced at the same time. It is a must read for everyone thinking about or having knee replacement. I would have both knees down at the same time again as long as you have some one there to help you. Thanks to both Doc's for writing this book but especially Dr Fakel as he went thru the surgery and could say from experience.

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