Welcome to Cleveland Clinic Online Health Chats

Get answers to your health questions and concerns. It's easy to be part of our live chat events, led by Cleveland Clinic physicians and health professionals.

Answers on Hip & Knee Surgery
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

Sign up for this chat today.Register Now

Click Join Chat to join the chat in progress.You will be asked to login if you aren't already logged in.Join Chat

Michael Bloomfield, MD

  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Cleveland Clinic

Juan Suarez, MD

  • Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Cleveland Clinic

Is it time for a hip or knee replacement? If you and your doctor are considering a joint replacement you are not alone. More than a million Americans will undergo a joint replacement this year, and that number is expected to grow rapidly in the future. The good news is that there are more effective treatment options available for joint pain today than ever before. If you are considering joint replacement surgery, get your questions answered by our hip & knee surgeon who will discuss possible causes for pain, diagnosis and treatment options.

Hip and knee pain can have many causes such as osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendonitis in the knee, and hip fractures.

There are other possible causes of hip and knee pain; be sure to seek medical help if you:

• Can’t walk normally because of the pain
• Can’t bend your hip or knee
• Experience hip or knee pain for more than a few days
• Notice a deformity or swelling in your hip or upper thigh or knee
• Experience hip or knee pain at night or while resting
• Develop a fever, with redness and warmth over the hip or knee

About Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
At Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute located in Cleveland, Ohio and Weston, Florida , we have designed our services so that all the specialists you need – including orthopaedic physicians and surgeons, rheumatologists and physical therapists – work together to help you return to an active lifestyle.

Using state-of-the-art diagnostics and decades of experience, we evaluate the cause of your joint pain and then tailor the most appropriate treatment for your individual needs. Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic and Rheumatology programs have a long history of excellence and innovation, and are consistently ranked among the top five programs in the nation by U.S.News & World Report.

About the Speakers
Michael Bloomfield, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in primary and revision hip and knee replacements and direct anterior approach for total hip replacement. Dr. Bloomfield graduated from medical school at Northwestern University and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He then went on to complete a fellowship in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Juan Suarez, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon whose specialty areas include degenerative and inflammatory arthritis of the hip and knee, complex primary and revision hip and knee replacements, minimally invasive direct anterior hip replacements and traumatic fractures of the lower extremities.

Dr. Suarez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital-University of Miami School of Medicine and later completed his adult hip and knee reconstruction fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina.

To make an appointment with Dr. Bloomfield in Ohio, Dr. Suarez in Florida or any of the other specialists in our Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, please call 866.275.7496. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/ortho

This Health Chat is currently open to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.