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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...
There's a fine line between being honest and complaining, I think, so I wanted to take a quick moment in between posts to clarify what I'm doing here in my SharePosts. I'm not trying to scare you off from having tram-flap reconstructive surgery. The main purpose of my posts here has been to be honest. To tell it like it was. Which was kind of unpleasant. Not that I'm complaining. As PJ Hamel wrote a few weeks ago in a comment to one of my posts, keep in mind that my surgery was a double tram-flap -- P.J. had a single and was up and about in a matter of days and weeks. A double tram-flap like mine is different, and yet there are plenty of women who did not have as long and arduous a recovery time as I did. Not that I'm complaining. All of which is to say that my story is just that: my story. It may not be your story, so I hope you'll take from it just what you need: information about one woman's experience to add to all the oth...
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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