Has your doctor talked to you about hip replacement surgery due to damage from rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? If so, you’re not alone. Every year, 200,000 people in the U..S. have hip replacements surgery, most often due to osteo- inflammatory arthritis, such as RA, and osteonecrosis or hip fracture. This article will focus on recovering from total hip replacement surgery.
Recovering from total hip replacement surgery
Recovering from a hip replacement is going to challenge you physically and emotionally. It’s a long, slow, and often difficult process. It can wear you down, but remember that the great thing about surgery pain is that it diminishes a little every day until one day, it’s gone.
Dan Malito, who writes Dan’s du Journal for CreakyJoints and the raconteur of TalkingJoints , talked about pre-surgery hip pain. “People will say ‘what’s the worst pain you’ve ever felt?’ Still to this day, even though it&rsquo...
Many parts of the body are involved in balance, including the eyes, inner ear, neck, trunk, and legs. Balance depends on the reflexes of each of these parts and the communication between them. An injury anywhere in this system can impact balance. As a major stabilizer of the knee joint, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is crucial to balance. If you tear your ACL, standing on one foot may be difficult. This is because the ligament loses its ability to steady the joint, and the tiny sensors in the knee ligaments, joints, and muscles have difficulty sending information about the joint's position. Balancing becomes a challenge. But what if you have ACL surgery? Will your balance return to normal? This study involved 25 patients with mainly sports-related ACL injuries. Eight of the patients were women; 17 were men. Their average age was 27. All of the patients had ACL reconstruction surgery. After surgery, half of them wore casts, and the other half wore braces and started exercises righ...
The recovery room
If you've had general anesthesia, you'll find yourself in a recovery room with other patients after surgery. The staff in the recovery room watches your vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, breathing) and waits until you are fully awake and stable. If you feel pain, now is the time to speak up. The recovery room nurses will be ready to give you pain medications prescribed by your surgeon.
You may feel cold after surgery. That's a normal part of the recovery process from anesthesia. Ask for an extra blanket if you need one. If you are going home the same day of surgery, it's a good idea to bring a warm blanket to the hospital to help you feel comfortable on the trip home.
The hospital stay
If you are having a lumpectomy with no lymph node dissection, it's likely that your surgery will be done on an outpatient basis. This means that you can go home on the same day you have your surgery. Mastectomy and lumpectomy with lymph node dissection are more invasive surgerie...
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