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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...
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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