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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Knee Pain and Surgery: Learn the Truth about MRIs and Common Misdiagnoses--and Avoid Unnecessary Surgery Paperback – February 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Series: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About...
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446678198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446678193
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. King on September 15, 2005
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I thought that this book contained an informative behind the scenes look at the orthopedic world. Although I believe that many are not out to simply get you in surgery, I'm sure there are a good portion that are and this book will give you cues on how to spot a happy cutting surgeon. This book will also awaken you to the fact that the doctor is merely a human being, sometimes making educated guesses into your condition.

I love the author's approach and direct writing style. This book gives some information about virtually any knee problem that can arise. Most likely it will affirm you to wait, try some exercises and see how it feels. It will also give you ideas on questions to ask the doctor, as well as give you a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the knee (as of 2002).
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What the doc may not tell you about knee pain and surgery is really what this book is about.

Dr Grelsamer's list of unethical tricks played by unscrupulous doctors proved prophetic about a week after his book arrived. The surgeon I went to shook his head sadly, pointed to the miniscule meniscal tear possibly shown on an MRI and assured me that [for about $4000] he thought he could fix it. He actually denied that a meniscal tear could be repaired without surgery or that it could even be non-clinical [ie not a problem needing intervention]. He ticked most of the boxes in Grelsamer's book.

I, too, shook my head sadly, and walked away to continue my non-surgical rehab. I haven't decided what to spend that $4000 on yet!

Martin
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This book was an excellent synopsis of what every patient needs to know about their knee pain, what the possible diagnoses are, what treatment options they have, and what tests may be helpful in treating their condition. An excellent resource to the public. I wish every doctor could explain things the way Dr. Grelsamer does in his book. Nothing is meant to go over the paitents head.
nicola hawkinson
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This book should be a must for anyone who is experiencing knee pain and/or is considering having surgery. It is well written and easy for the everyday person to understand. Personally having read the book and recently having has knee surgery I found the book great reading and informative.
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As a former thorobred racehorse jockey I know about Knee Pain and injury, Dr. Grelsamers book was informative and answered alot of questions I've had about surgery and alternatives. Thank you and Bravo!! Dr. Grelsamer.
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Orthopaedic docs come from the ranks are our county's best and brightest. Surely I can count on getting top quality care for my knee, right? That's what I figured, but Dr Grelsamer explains why this ain't necessarily so as only an insider can. (Money, the medial system, tremendous technology changes, and the tricky nature of the knee come into play.)

If you are having any doubts about your course of treatment (especially surgery), I think this is a great resource to arm yourself with knowlege. Of course I am not medically trained, but I spent days coursing the internet and this info feels on target. And it really opened up my eyes. If you go into surgery, why not do it (or not do it) with your eyes wide open?

I could have avoided an unessary cortisone shot if I had gotten this earlier... Very easy reading..... Just raced/skimmed through it last night in a few hours.... Organized well making it a good reference... A steal for the cost...

I cannot think of any negatives. Though I imagine if I was a doc, I might have disagreements about specific technical assertions.

Don't get me wrong. If your doc is experienced and has a good repuation, you may be fine. But even this ain't necessarily so...
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A huge source of valuable information. Because of this book and the information it contains, I quit paying attention to all the scarey tales from "friends" and was finally able to get my knee surgeries with no problems and no surprises!
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Great!!! I was scheduled for knee surgery. I thought I would check out some books for post surgery exercise and I came across this book and some others. This book made me think I might not need surgery. Maybe some specific physical therapy might work. I was not sure at all, but I canceled the surgery and 3 years later that knee injury is still gone. I followed some exercises in the book "Heal Your Knees. How to Prevent Knee Surgery & What to Do If You Need It." Now keep in mind the knee is complicated. Many things inside the knee can go wrong, so surgery might be what some people need. However, the book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Knee Pain And Surgery" made me realize that you have to give physical therapy a VERYYYY GOODDDD try before you resort to surgery. The knee might take a year or so to heal. I know that is hard to believe when you are in pain. The first time I saw a doctor at the urgent clinic the x-ray tech told me her knee was just recovering from an injury she had a year before, but I just couldn't believe her at the time because I was in pain. That doctor recommended I buy a thin black strap from Walgreens that placed in the right place relieved my pain. I had to wear that for a little more than a year. I also put on ice and hot packs, took Epson salt soaks, rubbed castor oil on it, massaged it, and took joint pills. I highly recommend these two books: 1)WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT KNEE PAIN AND SURGERY and 2) HEAL YOUR KNEES HOW TO PREVENT KNEE SURGERY & WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED IT. Good luck to anyone with a knee injury!!!
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