Eric K. Lee, MD
Patients of Dr. Eric K. Lee often have questions regarding his services and how to obtain them. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.
Dr. Lee practices at Personalized Orthopedics of the Palm Beaches, which is located at 6056 Boynton Beach Blvd Ste 215, Boynton Beach, FL 33437.
Along with his fellow providers at Personalized Orthopedics of the Palm Beaches, Dr. Lee specializes in Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Therapy, and Orthopedics.
Dr. Lee participates in many insurance plans. Please verify your eligibility for services with your insurance provider.
- Bring your insurance card and picture ID to each visit.
- Be prepared to pay your co-pay and/or deductible before each visit.
- Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard.
- For medical care not covered under insurance, Dr. Lee will work with you to provide cost-effective care. Payment in full is required at the time of service.
Providers at Personalized Orthopedics of the Palm Beaches can provide language services for our Spanish-, Creole-, and Russian-speaking patients.
Whether you need a knee/hip replacement is entirely up to you. It is an elective procedure with the goal of improving your quality of life. Dr. Lee's objectives are to (1) help you understand the benefits (and risks) of joint replacement, (2) evaluate whether you are a candidate for joint replacement, and (3) perform the technical aspects of the surgery.
If you have knee pain or hip pain due to knee arthritis or hip arthritis, by definition, you already have irreversible damage to your joint. Arthritis generally continues cause further deterioration at the joint, with worsening symptoms as time goes on. However, your symptoms are the most important determinant of whether hip replacement or knee replacement is right for you. While the degree of joint destruction may affect the technical difficulty of the surgery, particularly if the alignment of your leg begins to be affected, the physical state of your joint is by far a less important deciding factor for surgery than your symptoms.
If you have knee pain or hip pain NOT due to arthritis, it is important to determine the underlying diagnosis for your pain. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee to find out if arthritis is the cause of your joint pain.
In general, a patient with severe disabling joint pain from arthritis and who is in a reasonable state of health is a potential candidate for joint replacement. Several modifiable conditions make patients unsafe candidates for joint replacement, most commonly: uncontrolled diabetes, smoking, and pre-operative narcotic consumption.
Most cases are performed under spinal anesthesia. With this method of anesthesia, most patients are relaxed enough to fall asleep and remember very little. General anesthesia is used for some patients, if there is a bleeding risk, difficult spinal placement, or a strong preference.
Yes. Infection of a hip replacement or a knee replacement remains one of the most dreaded outcomes after surgery. Whenever dental work is performed, there is transient seeding of the bloodstream with oral bacteria, which could place your replacement at risk for colonization. It is preferred that you receive 2 grams of amoxicillin 1 hour prior to any dental work. Almost all dental offices will provide this for you. If not, please call our office and we will provide you with a prescription.
Knee and hip replacements are by far the most common, and Dr. Lee focuses exclusively on these two joints. Other joints that are replaced by other surgeons include the shoulder, ankle, MCP and MTP joints (knuckles of the hands and feet) and, less commonly, the elbow and wrist.