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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 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...
Alternative Names Hallux valgus Treatment When a bunion first begins to develop, take good care of your feet and wear wide-toed shoes. This can often solve the problem and prevent the need for any further treatment. It may help to wear felt or foam pads on the foot to protect the bunion, or devices called spacers to separate the first and second toes at night. These are available at drugstores. You can also try cutting a hole in a pair of old, comfortable shoes to wear around the house. If the bunion gets worse -- resulting in severe deformity or pain -- surgery to realign the toe and remove the bony bump ( bunionectomy ) can be effective. There are over 100 different surgical techniques that have been described to treat this condition. Support Groups Expectations (prognosis) The outlook depends on your age and activities, and the severity of the bunion. Teenagers may have more trouble treating a bunion than adults. Many adults do well by caring for the bunion when it first starts to develop, ...
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