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In the last few weeks, I've been sharing my experience of undergoing mitral valve repair surgery. I've talked about making the decision, finding the surgeon, undergoing the surgery itself, and experiences in the hospital. In this post , I'd like to address the true nature of recovery.
What does recovery really mean?
To begin, there is a difference between recuperation, which is the process of resting and gaining back your strength, health and equilibrium, and recovery, which is by definition,"recovering" what you have lost with your illness, becoming "well" and being completely over it and ready to move on.
No question is asked more frequently than "How long did it take you to recover?" Most people who face any kind of surgery or illness want to know one thing: how long will it be until I'm myself again? We don't want to consider the possibility that we'll be anything but perfectly well and we want those results now.
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...
Imagine having your hip replaced and walking on that leg the same day as surgery. Now imagine going home the same day! That's the subject of this study. Doctors at Rush Medical College tracked the results of 100 patients who had a total hip replacement (THR). All operations were done using a minimally invasive approach. This means only two small incisions are made. No muscles or tendons were cut. The hip joint was removed in segments, rather than all in one piece. The joint capsule is cut open but not taken out. A special X-ray called fluoroscopy is used to see what size and shape implant should be used. Everyone was seen for up to three months after the operation. A rapid rehab program was followed. Results were measured by how soon patients left the hospital, stopped using crutches, and started driving again. Other measures included use of pain medication, number of days to return to work, and how soon they could walk 1/2 mile. All patients left the hospital within 23 hours of the oper...
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