If you are expecting to get orthopedic surgery, there are many things to consider. There is no such thing as a routine surgery that entails no preparation, especially if your problem is orthopedic in nature.
Orthopedic surgery is a type of medical procedure that involves the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic issues, such as sports or traumatic injuries, or arthritis. The orthopedic surgeon fixes the damage through different means, such as setting bones, repairing damaged tissue, or replacing damaged joints with artificial prostheses.
Before orthopedic surgery takes place, here are some things you can expect.
Before any orthopedic surgery takes place, your doctor will conduct a physical examination and order diagnostic tests such as X-rays, CT, or MRI scans to determine the best course of action for treating your condition. You may also need to have blood work done prior to the operation in order for your doctor to ensure that you do not have any underlying conditions that could interfere with recovery from the procedure. Your doctor will also discuss the anesthesia used during the procedure. Additionally, if necessary, medications may be prescribed for your recovery to manage the pain and help you have a comfortable recovery. There may be some medications that you need to stop taking before the surgery, which your doctor will advise you on.
The Surgical Procedure
Depending on which type of orthopedic surgery you are having performed, whether it’s an internal fixation or external fixation surgery, arthroscopic tendon repair, or a joint replacement, you should discuss with your orthopedic surgeon what the procedure entails. Also, ask what technique and approach will be used during the procedure. (Orthopedic surgery is invasive but can be performed with minimal disturbance to the surrounding healthy tissue, or what’s called minimally invasive surgery.) For example, some doctors use robotic-assisted technology to perform joint replacements for greater accuracy, knee joint longevity, and a lower chance of complications, such as implant failure and loosening. Orthopedic surgery is invasive but can be performed with minimal disturbance to the surrounding healthy tissues in many cases. It is best to understand your procedure and any advanced techniques that are to be implemented for a greater outcome.
After an orthopedic surgical procedure has been completed, rehabilitation can begin. Detailed instructions will be provided to you, but it’s important to ask any questions you may have for clarification. Successful orthopedic surgery is also heavily dependent on post-operative details, such as physical therapy and rehabilitation. Recovery could take anywhere from several weeks up to months depending upon the type of orthopedic surgery done. During recovery, avoid high-impact, strenuous activities. Take regular breaks throughout each day when possible, so as not to strain newly repaired tissues. Rest is important to healing. Post-operative pain is managed by medication and physical therapy exercises. Always check first with your orthopedic doctor before doing any new activity to make sure you do not derail the treatment provided.
Orthopedic Surgeon in Hartford and Tolland Counties, CT & Springfield, MA
The board-certified orthopedic surgeons and advanced practitioners at Advanced Orthopedics New England are here for you when you need top-notch care for your injury or condition. We believe in having open communication with our patients, so they are fully equipped to make a successful recovery after surgery.
Our practice specializes in treating patients with sports injuries, traumatic injuries, and arthritis of the shoulder, hip, and knee. To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons, call our office today at (860) 728-6740 or use our convenient online request form.