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Ask the Hip & Knee Expert
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Juan Suarez, MD

  • Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Center
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida

Chronic hip or knee pain can change your life by limiting your ability to walk, sit comfortably, exercise or perform normal daily activities. Pain in the hip can be caused by osteoarthritis, bursitis or hip fractures, while pain of the knee can occur from tendonitis, ligament tears or osteoarthritis among other diagnoses. Normal aging also affects your joints. If a hip fracture is severe enough, especially if it is present along with osteoarthritis, your physician may suggest a hip replacement. A knee replacement, similarly, may be recommended in those with severe medical conditions—particularly if it results in bone on bone wear without cushioning. When hip and knee pain interferes with your ability to move and live comfortably, it’s time to seek medical advice for a diagnosis, and to discuss your treatment options.

The good news is that there are new more effective treatment options available today than ever before. At Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Center, we have designed our services so that all of 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 hip and knee pain and then tailor the most appropriate treatment for you individual needs.

Cleveland Clinic Florida's orthopaedic program has a long history of excellence and innovation, and is consistently ranked as a high-performing program in the metro area by U.S. News & World Report. At the Cleveland Clinic Florida Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Center, we offer patients the most advanced treatments for any type of hip or knee pain. Our center uses a multidisciplinary team approach, bringing all of the experts that you need together under one roof.

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.

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