Orthopedic Surgery: A Comprehensive Overview

The surgery about musculoskeletal system in human bodies is referred to as orthopedic surgery. The surgeons can use surgical and non-surgical methods to treat problems related to joints, bones, muscles, nerves, and ligaments in the human body. The kind of treatment which is adopted varies from person to person. The orthopedic surgeons are capable of resolving problems involving injuries, spine disorders, degenerative diseases, sports injuries, tumors, hip and knee reconstructions and infections of various kinds. However, going to a surgeon doesn’t qualify one for a surgery straight away. Most of the times the patient is treated using various non-invasive techniques and medicines only.

Surgery And Risks Involved

Most of the doctors who enter the field of orthopedic surgery chose one of the following fields of specialization:

While most of the procedures that are performed come without any possible risk but the ones that involve a surgery do come with certain limitations like any surgical procedure does. Some of the common risks involved with orthopedic surgeries involve:

Anesthesia: The type of anesthesia that is given depends on the type of surgery which is being performed. There are a lot of different types of anesthesia ranging from local to general and the risks of anesthesia vary with the type which is being selected.

Infections: Most of the surgical procedures especially the invasive ones will require good post-operation care. This is to avoid infections of any sort from developing in the body. Most of these infections are easy to manage, and some might require further surgeries to handle as well. The risk of infections is higher in surgeries that involve hip or joint replacement procedures.

Blood clot: A blood clot can form anywhere in a vein after surgery. If it is in the veins, the clot is fairly risk free. However, if it travels to the lungs, it can cause severe breathing issues and would require prompt medical care. Doctors make use of blood thinners and other medicines to eliminate the risks of blood clots in bodies.

Choosing The Right Orthopedic Surgeon

When choosing an orthopedic surgeon, it is important to make sure of a few things first.

  • The doctor should have specialized in the area your problem is related to.
  • All the necessary equipment and medications should be available for the procedure
  • You have a clear idea of the procedure and how it will be performed. Ask all the necessary questions before-hand. Discuss with your doctor the different types of anesthesia and how one is different from the other.

If it is a surgery that your condition requires, make sure that not only the surgery but your post-operation care is up-to-the-mark as well. There are a lot of new techniques being introduced every other day which eliminate the chances for surgery. Make sure you have discussed and researched about them all before you decide on a surgical procedure with your orthopedic surgeon.

References:

http://www.indianorthopaedic.com/

https://gpcmedicalequipment.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/gpc-rehabilitation-products-aids-to-make-your-life-easier/


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Arthroscopy – An In-Depth Overview

Arthroscopic ѕurgеrу, оr arthroscopy, іѕ a technique used bу many orthopedic ѕurgеоnѕ to rераіr аnd rерlасе the dаmаgеd jоіntѕ of thеіr patients. It’ѕ a unіԛuе ѕurgеrу type bесаuѕе оf hоw nоn-іnvаѕіvе іt іѕ, аnd hоw muсh іt can ассоmрlіѕh іn thе раtіеnt’ѕ lіfе. Injurеd jоіntѕ саn greatly diminish thе ԛuаlіtу of lіfе fоr a patient, bесаuѕе оf thе еnоrmоuѕ rоlе thеу рlау іn mоbіlіtу and funсtіоnаlіtу. Arthroscopic surgery саn bе used fоr many different tуреѕ оf rераіrѕ.

What іѕ Arthrоѕсоріс Surgery?

Arthrоѕсоріс surgery utіlіzеѕ ѕmаll іnсіѕіоnѕ to gіvе the ѕurgеоn ассеѕѕ to the jоіnt. Instead оf ореnіng uр the jоіnt, the ѕurgеоn іnѕеrtѕ vеrу tіnу, very high-definition cameras. These allow hіm tо see thе dаmаgе аnd tо guіdе hіѕ tооlѕ tо rераіr thаt dаmаgе.

What іѕ Arthrоѕсоріс Surgery?

Before Surgеrу

If a раtіеnt hаѕ dесіdеd to gо аhеаd wіth a ѕurgеrу recommended bу thеіr dосtоr, they wіll be fully рrераrеd аhеаd оf tіmе. The doctor will do a complete physical еxаm, аnd аѕѕеѕѕ whаtеvеr medications the раtіеnt is сurrеntlу tаkіng tо ensure thаt thеу wіll not interfere with any mеdісіnеѕ nееdеd durіng thе ѕurgеrу. Thе dосtоr mау also rеԛuеѕt blood tests or EKGs рrіоr tо the ѕurgеrу to dеtеrmіnе if аnу ѕресіаl соnѕіdеrаtіоnѕ need tо be made. Thе patient is also uѕuаllу gіvеn ѕресіfіс іnѕtruсtіоnѕ rеgаrdіng еаtіng or drіnkіng іn thе hоurѕ lеаdіng uр to thе ѕurgеrу, аѕ wеll.

Durіng Surgery

Tурісаllу, the patient will bе required tо аrrіvе one оr twо hours prior tо ѕurgеrу. Thіѕ wіll gіvе thе ѕurgеоn аnd аnеѕthеѕіоlоgіѕt the орроrtunіtу to mееt wіth thе раtіеnt аnd dіѕсuѕѕ dеtаіlѕ of the ѕurgеrу. Thе раtіеnt mау have ѕоmе орtіоnѕ when it соmеѕ tо аnеѕthеѕіа. Depending оn the рrосеdurе whісh thе dосtоr will be doing, lосаl, rеgіоnаl, оr gеnеrаl аnеѕthеѕіа mау be used. Sоmеtіmеѕ thе раtіеnt may choose. Local anesthesia is uѕеd to numb оnlу thе аrеа ѕurrоundіng thе joint. Rеgіоnаl anesthesia саn be used durіng knее аrthrоѕсору surgeries, аnd numbѕ below thе wаіѕt. Gеnеrаl аnеѕthеѕіа рutѕ thе раtіеnt in a dеер sleep. Thе doctor, аnеѕthеѕіоlоgіѕt, аnd thе раtіеnt wіll all соntrіbutе tо deciding on which anesthesia wіll be uѕеd depending on thе patient’s health, соmfоrt level, аnd the type оf рrосеdurе.

The оrthореdіс ѕurgеоn wіll thеn mаkе some small іnсіѕіоnѕ around thе jоіnt аnd fluѕh thе joint wіth сlеаr, ѕtеrіlе ѕоlutіоn tо ensure a сlеаr vіеw оf thе рrосеdurе. The ѕurgеоn wіll then uѕе the arthroscopy саmеrа tо guіdе him during thе рrосеdurе іtѕеlf.

Aftеr Surgеrу

Pаtіеntѕ tурісаllу rеturn home thе same day after this ѕurgеrу. Thе dосtоr wіll gіvе them ѕресіаl after-care instructions to еnѕurе that the jоіnt heals wеll. Thеѕе include kееріng thе joint еlеvаtеd, аррlуіng ісе, сhаngіng thе dressing ассоrdіng tо thе doctor’s instruction, and when it wіll be safe tо bathe thе area. Other instructions may dеаl with whеn the jоіnt wіll bе рrераrеd tо bеаr weight again (especially knee jоіntѕ), аnd оthеr асtіvіtіеѕ the recovering аrеа mіght temporarily lіmіt. Thе dосtоr will аlѕо instruct the раtіеnt аbоut рhуѕісаl thеrару аnd medications.

FAQs Related to Hip Implants

If you are thinking to have a hip replacement surgery, then it is important for you to know the basic of hip replacement surgery, such as the hip implants that your surgeon may be using.

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Hip Implant Basics

Our hip joint comprises of two major parts, which include a femoral head (ball) at femur (the top of your thighbone) that fits into the acetabulum (a rounded socket) in your pelvis. The ball rotates within the acetabulum’s curved surface. During a hip replacement surgery, the acetabulum is replaced by an acetabular. Besides, the femoral stem is implanted into the ball (the femoral head) and the femur and is fitted in the acetabulum. This helps in connecting the leg to the hip and enables movement.

What Is A Hip Implant Made Of?

Even though there are varied models and designs of hips that are built by a number of manufacturers, but there are three major elements of an artificial hip, which includes a stem that is implanted into the thigh bone (the femur); a cup that attaches to the pelvis and a ball that is attached to the top of the femur.

The modern hip implants, famous since the 1970s, are created by combining different materials, such as metals, ceramics and plastics. The most common material used for making hip implants is cobalt chrome, titanium and stainless steel. Most of the recent hip implant devices are metal-on-metal designs, which have been created with the hope that hip surgery would last longer and provide pain-free flexibility for more years.

How Much Does It Weigh?

Your surgeon will select the implant that is most appropriate for you and fits your anatomy, and lifestyle. Generally, a complete hip system (liner, shell, head and stem) weighs between 1 to 2 pounds, which depends on the kind of material that is used.

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Hip Surgery – Providing Relief to your Hip Pain

A surgery is usually the last option a doctor offers for your treatment and is often when it is imperative to do it, and when other methods of treatment seem ineffective. However, in today’s time with advanced medical facilities most surgeries are successful and hence the fear of surgery is gradually diminishing. Surgeries of all kinds are on a rise and hip surgery although not very common earlier is also being performed on a large scale.

Hip Prosthesis

Excessive unbearable pain in the hips, loss of mobility, loss of sleep, pain in the joints, seasonal pain during change of weather especially humid weather, degeneration of bones and sudden accidents are primarily the reasons for a hip bone treatment. Depending upon the condition of the patient, and after performing several x-rays and tests an orthopedic decides which method will suit the patient best in getting relief from the pain.  At times a minimal invasive surgery is enough to provide you relief from the pain instead of a total hip surgery. This prevents the patient from an elongated treatment and early recovery.

Different Methods of Hip Treatment

Arthroscopy

Bipolar Hip Prosthesis

In arthroscopy, the area of the hip discomfort is viewed through a camera and the problem is identified and treated. Through arthroscopy the damaged cartilage can be trimmed, the loose debris can be removed from the hips, and also irrigating the inside of the hip.

Osteotomy

In osteotomy, it is like a partial surgery where the bones are cut, reshaped or partially removed to shift the stress from the diseased tissue to a healthy tissue.

Internal fixation

In this method the broken bones are fastened with a small metal device to heal the fracture faster.

Total Hip Replacement

When the above methods do not seem to be effective enough to provide relief to the patient the doctor goes for total hip replacement.  This method involves replacing the painful damaged hip part with artificial hips called prosthesis. The prosthesis has three components: a socket, ball, and a stem. The outer shell is made of metal usually and the inner shell of either plastic or metal. The joining of the socket with the metal ball makes the movement of the hip smooth and frictionless.

The total hip fixation is also of two types:

Cemented Hip Implant

Femoral Neck Ball

In this kind of hip implant the bone cement is injected into the prepared femoral canal. Bone cement is a grout that helps position the implant within the bone. This grout helps the implant to be positioned in the required position.

Porous Hip Implant

In this type of hip implant, it is designed to engage the bone within the canal and allow the bone to grow into the porous surface. The femoral canal is prepared in such a way that the implant is fit tightly initially. In this method there are possibilities of the ingrowths of the bone to provide additional fixation to hold the implant as per the desired position.

Hip Implant surgeries are an effective way to reduce the pain and increase your mobility. Thousands of surgeries are being preformed successfully every year to provide relief to the ailing persons.

GPC Medical works towards providing the best orthopedic implants products to give our clients a safe and painless future.

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