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 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...
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