Recovering from hip, knee surgery

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Though knee and hip replacement surgeries can still result in some pain, the surgical procedures have improved significantly in the last 20 years making it a more bearable solution. Additionally, these new techniques coupled with improved anesthesia methods have reduced the risks of infections and blood clots and have cut recovery times. However, patients still need to be mentally and physically prepared because recovery can be a long and difficult road.

Select your pain relief option
While most surgeons prefer to first use over the counter medications to manage post-surgical pain, there are new pain relief techniques that can have painkillers delivered efficiently and with greater success.

Many patients expect that the post-operative pain will be excruciating, but anesthesiologist can offer pain control options such as: patient-controlled infusion pumps that deliver pain medicine or an epidural implant that automatically delivers pain relief up to two days.

Previous patients often discuss the importance of post-op narcotics. Many recommend from their own experience that there is no need to be brave with the pain and that you should take as much painkiller as you need.

Start Your Rehab as soon as you can. Don’t wait!
For most patients, light physical therapy begins the day after surgery. Typically, there is little pain at this time because the patient is still receiving post-surgical pain management. By the third day, most are already up and moving and about that time therapy intensifies.

Don’t underestimate the effects that surgery can have on your body no matter how fit you are going in. Be prepared for a difficult time at first, but then your body will catch up. Usually in a matter of days, you will be up and about and in a few weeks feeling and moving fairly well.

Recovery begins before surgery
Many patients have found it very beneficial to exercise and get in better shape prior to their surgery and doctors agree that this helps in the recovery. Stronger muscles and better range of motion going into joint replacement surgery often translate into shorter recovery times and better range of motion after surgery.

Have realistic expectations about your recovery time
When having invasive surgery, you must remember that no matter how fit you were going in, you‘re not superman. The amount of time it takes to get back to normal daily activities varies for each patient. A common mistake many make is returning to work too early causing their recovery time to be longer than need be. You have to listen to your doctor and your body as well as have common sense. Doing things the right way will have you back to normal sooner that you think.
Staff @ MexicaliMedicalGuide
April 9, 2013

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