Dr. Peter Mulhern began practicing general orthopedic surgery shortly after completing his medical residency at Georgetown University Hospital in 1988. He earned his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1983.
“I have just started in November at the Florida Center for Orthopedics in Ocoee, Florida,” he said in December 2016. “Over the last four years especially, I have been involved primarily with Joint Replacement surgery for hips, knees and shoulders.”
In knee replacement surgery, an incision is made over the front of the patient’s knee. The patient, of course, is under anesthesia. The surgeon moves the patella (kneecap) out of the way, and then cuts the ends of the thigh bone and lower leg to fit the replacement knee. The replacement knee, usually made of metal and plastic, is then attached to create new surfaces for the joint. There is minimal trauma to the muscles and tendons around the new, artificial joint, and the incision is closed.
Joint replacements such as this were once a highly-advanced technique, but by now have become commonplace. More than a million joint replacements are performed in the United States each year. Dr Peter Mulhern is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a member of the Florida Orthopedic Society.
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