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Many seniors put off having a total hip replacement despite the pain and loss of function that the arthritic joint is causing. They are afraid that it will hurt even more after the surgery and that it will take a long time to recover. At least right now, they can walk without a walker. After surgery, the thought of using a walker or cane is enough to keep them away. Yet every year there are nearly one million adults who do have a total hip or total knee replacement. And that figure is expected to increase to four million in the next 20 years. So while some are hesitant, those who aren’t may experience an even faster recovery time thanks to the results of this study. Surgeons from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio divided a group of 103 total hip patients into two groups. One group (73 patients) had the traditional post-operative treatment after hip replacement. The second group (30 patients) tried a new rapid recovery program. The rapid recovery program combines several factors to enhance re...
A colon resection is a surgical procedure that removes part or all of the large intestine. This may be necessary in the treatment of some serious medical conditions including colon cancer . Your doctor(s) may also recommend colon resection for a variety of other conditions including:
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Actively bleeding arteriovenous (AV) malformations
Sound like getting part or all of your large intestine is a major deal? It is. But you can help achieve best outcomes, and get back to your old routine more quickly, if you plan ahead, communicate with your team, and recruit a great support network.
Good questions to ask your healthcare team as you begin to prepare for surgery include:
• What should I do to prepare for surgery? Should I be following any special diet? Quitting smoking?
• Will my insurance cover all parts of my treatment (surgery, anesthesia, hospitalization, etc)?
• If not, how much will this cost and do you offer...
Definition Bunion removal is surgery to treat deformed bones of the big toe and foot. For more information on this type of deformity, see: Bunion Alternative Names Bunionectomy; Hallux valgus correction Description You will be awake during the procedure. You willl be given anesthesia (numbing medicine) so that you will not feel pain and medicines to help you relax. The surgeon makes a cut to around the toe joint and bones. The surgeon repairs the deformed joint and bones using pins, screws, plates, or a cast to keep the bones in place. The surgeon may repair the bunion by: Making certain tendons or ligaments shorter or longer Arthrodesis, which involves taking out the damaged part of the joints and then using screws, wires, or a plate to hold the joint together Shaving off the bump on the toe joint Removing the damaged part of the joint Cutting parts of the bones on each side of the toe joint, then putting them in their proper position. This is called an osteotomy. Why the Procedure Is Performed Yo...
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