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Every surgery hurts!:
Orthopedic is the branch of medical sciences dealing with bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, broken bones, pulled mucsles, torn tendons/ligaments, arthritis surgery.
The good thing about surgery is that pain it causes does get better and every week you would feel the improvement in it. ...Read more
depends: Pins 4 small fx r k-wires or larger r steinman pins, surgical stainless, straight ; threaded or none threaded. As larger bones r pinned as a long bone, some r flexible 4 femurs in the young to rigid in adults. Their use is decided by the experience of your surgeon. He must select the size ; strength 2 do the job, tho the smaller may fail if overstressed by the patient's activity. No images. ...Read more
Preop Prep: Particularly in orthopaedics, we are specific about pre-operative preparation, and it can vary based upon the surgery planned. There are suggested pre-op washes and even medications that are sometimes used. My protocol is based upon published literature, as well as experience on a hospital infection control committee. Please speak to your surgeon. ...Read more
Outcomes data: Many surgical treatments have published results regarding outcome, patient satisfaction, complication rate, etc. Your surgeon should be able to provide specific data, not only about published data, but also their personal outcomes. Ask how many specific procedures have they performed, and do they have specialized training. Finally, go get a 2nd opinion and cross-reference your answers. Good luck! ...Read more
Be aware that there are specialists in all areas these days. This applies to rehabilitation from surgery or injuries as well. I would advise you to seek out the experts and then let their advice become your routine. Time and space separate you from whatever initiated the damage. Focus on what you have and then go from there. Some of us will pass through life without splitting a toenail. Most of the rest of us are not so lucky. ...See more
Very difficult 2 say: it depends on a few factors. how busy Ur surgeon is, as well as how crowed is the surgery schedule with all the other surgeons practicing. also if any co-morbidities U may need an internist 2 clear U. also U may B scheduled 4 a certain time, but since elective, Ur case can B bumped by another surgeon that time & day with an emergency. ...Read more
On wis: 3years from discovery, 4 minors 3 yrs after they reach age 18. ...Read more
Depends: If the surgery is for a total joint replacement for pain or other significant ortho problem affecting quality of life, then one needs to determine the functionality of the person to judge whether they would benefit from a surgical intervention. If this is a healthy and able bodied/functional senior, then the surgery should be strongly considered if it will give the person a better quality of life. ...Read more
C below: As good as his training and experience, as well as how firm the diagnosis is. They rely on an honest history and u being open about ur problem. Beware of the surgeon who want's to operate first, but there are times when it is appropriate, so have it well explained as 2 why. ...Read more
Do as your surgeon -:
Tells you. Do not remove dressings unless okayed by him, to minimize chances of infection/problems of wound healing. Do not bear weight on legs/feet without support unless cleared with your surgeon. Report any/all concerns to his/her office, and wait till they get back to you, before you try anything.
Similar surgery on your friends/sibling does not mean, advise to you is same as was to them. ...Read more
Modest: In most cases, spinal surgery for back pain without leg symptoms is a last resort, and may reduce pain by about half. There are exceptions, such as correction of instability. Barring these, surgery is controversial. Recent studies are questioning the value of such surgery. If you are considering it, you may wish to get a second or even third opinion. Many factors can cause ; influence back pain. ...Read more
It's an anti inflam-: -matory . Inflammatory response is needed to jumpstart the healing process, especially if it involves bone, anti inflammatory meds can slow the formation of bone, also to health incisions. So I avoid them & you should talk to your orthopedic surgeon about using it ...Read more
Tobacco hazards: Tobaco contains toxins that cause small blood vessels to constrict or tighten. This impairs blood flow to a healing surgical site, and has been shown without doubt to increase risk for healing complications. ...Read more
While many orthopedic surgeons are familiar with sports medicine, the ones who are most well versed are the ones who have done a sports fellowship (additional training) after completing residency.
Some other specialties that have the option to do additional training in sports med include fp, pediatrics, and im. Rarely, radiologists can avail themselves of sports medicine opportunities. ...Read more