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Orthopedic Surgery Personal Statement
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
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
No: No it's not I think it shows concern and caring on the part of your ors. ...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
Joint surgeon: This term usually means an orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint surgery. More specifically a joint replacement surgeon that can reconstruct an injured, malformed or degenerated joint. We can fix the ligaments, bones, muscles and shock absorbers around the joints, and we can put new surfaces or ends back on the bones. We use biologic and manufactured parts during our procedures to fix you. ...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
Spine: An orthopedic surgeon who further specializes in the field of spine surgery. ...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
Blisters: Pressure, rubbing, pre existing soft tissue injury, fracture blisters, etc. ...Read more
See below: What I believe you are describing are called fracture blisters. They are due to excessive swelling of the soft tissue/skin. These blisters are usually sterile and generally after five days the bed has healed up below. Progressively they will disrupt. You can use hibiclens a surgical washing detergent. Note they can be particularly a problem around surgical incision sites and lead to infection. I would check with your physician/surgeon about these. Good luck thank you. ...Read more
Skin prep&antibiotic: The body has many effective barriers to infection, but orthopaedic surgery can lead to infection. We clean the skin with antiseptic solution which kills bacterial and prevents bacterial growth. Some cases require IV antibiotics pre- operative. It's important to keep the incisions covered for a few day and then clean them regularly when uncoved. ...Read more
A majority of-: -the procedures involve the lower extremities or back fusions that keep patients in bed, sometimes for many days or involve legs that keep U from using Ur muscles 2 keep blood flowing, as a result there is stasis or pooling of blood that clots. That's also why we try 2 get people up & moving. 2 the patients it seems cruel & an attempt 2 get U out of the hospital earlier, but it's not so. ...Read more
How good, or not, is consuming liquid collagen after an orthopedic surgery - freiberg disease. Thank you.
What can I expect from my first orthopedic appt. Tomorrow for my knee? Will they require surgery on same day? Will I have to use crutches?
No same day surg: Very unusual to have surgery on your knee at a first appointment unless you have an infection or a traumatic open joint. Rarely would recommend same day surgery if the knee is "locked" from a on reduceable displaced meniscus tear. The doc will ask you questions, exam your knee and probably take some x-rays. Specical tests may be ordered like a MRI or blood tests. Relax! ...Read more
Do doctors like it when you get a second opinion? I am referring to a orthopedic doctor. I had surgery with one but don't believe what he is tell me?
I like when patients seek second opinion. Just don't tell us it's because you don't trust our opinion!
it shows me that a patient cares about their condition enough to become fully informed.
If a doctor is offended by your getting a second opinion, that tells you he or she is not confident and not who you want to treat you.
We do want you to come back - don't let the second doctor "steal" you! ...Read more
As an orthopedic surgeon what are your biggest concerns for your patients post-surgery? (any type of surgery)
Many: First is infection, which is related 2 length of hospital stay & time of procedure. Also pe, resp failure. Pray u made the right rx choice & did it well. Hope any implants don't fail. Concern & worry follows u as the surgeon 4 a long time, until u c them 4 the last visit & say call if trouble, bye. It's very stressful day after day. ...Read more
Clavicle surgery: Your surgeon should go over risks, benefits, and potential complications with you before surgery. You should ask as many questions as you need to so that you are as relaxed as you can be. Ask your surgeon how many times they perform this procedure every month. Results of every procedure correlate directly with how frequently the surgeon and entire team performs it. Don't be afraid to ask! ...Read more
Replace torn ACL: Acl reconstruction surgery is recommended if you are having instability of the knee and a diagnosis of a tear is confirmed by an exam and mri. The surgeon will use an arthroscope camera to look inside the joint, remove the damaged ligament and replace it with a strong sterilized tissue graft from a cadaver (allograft). Typically an outpatient procedure, but takes 6-8 months for a full recovery. ...Read more
What are the differences between surgery, aromatherapy, acupuncture, orthopedic therapy and pediatric therapy?
Too broad for answer: Your? Asks for descriptions involving several therapies for an unknown condition. Without specific background information, no comments can be made. Public site answers are also limited to 400 characters, making a synopsis of all disciplines unrealistic. ...Read more
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