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After Knee Replacement Surgery, How Large Is The Scar? - Dr. O'Connor (VIDEO)

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Dr. O'Connor describes how large a patients scar will be after knee replacement surgery.

Dr. O'Connor:
The length of the scar after knee replacement surgery is going to vary depending on what kind of surgical technique your surgeon uses, how big your leg is, because usually people with fat, big legs need longer scars, and so, that is a variable that, that really is dependent on the patient.

I do want to say that, I tell my patients that I don’t focus so much on the length of the incision, but it’s what I am doing underneath to the muscles and tendons that are more important in terms of trying to speed their rehab than the actual length of the skin incision.

About Dr. O'Connor, M.D.:
Dr. Mary O'Connor, M.D., was accepted as a resident in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York in 1985. She joined the orthopedic surgery staff at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida in 1991, and since 2005 has served as department chair. Dr. O'Connor cares for people with hip and knee arthritis, failed joint replacements, and pelvic tumors.

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