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The idea of surgery may seem overwhelming and even scary, but it doesn’t need to be. Thanks to innovative techniques using leading technology, there are minimally invasive treatment options available that don’t carry the risks or long recovery investment of traditional open surgery. Finding relief from debilitating joint pain isn’t always easy. Before deciding that surgical treatment is the best option, you want to be sure you’re in the hands of a board-certified orthopedic specialist.
While it may feel like you’re suffering in isolation, you are not alone. At Orthopedic Centers of America, we have helped more than 30,000 patients find the relief they were looking for, and we’re ready to help you.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain in your muscles or joints, one of our minimally invasive surgical treatments may be right for you. Contact an Orthopedic Centers of America patient coordinator now at 1-888-549-0835 and get matched with an orthopedic specialist who can provide the personalized care you need!
Benefits of Surgical Treatment
The most obvious benefit of surgery for your injury or joint pain is the relief from pain and other symptoms you may be experiencing. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
- A quicker recovery
- Being able to go home the same day in most cases
- Smaller incisions, usually under a ½ inch
- Minimal bleeding
- Low infection risk
Surgery can treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and joint pain. Some of the common conditions that can be treated using minimally invasive spine surgery include:
Preparing for Surgical Treatment
How you prepare for your surgery will depend on the procedure. Make sure you consult your doctor before doing any of these. In most cases, you will be advised to do the following:
- Stop certain medications and supplements – Some medications and supplements may increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Inform your doctor of the medications and supplements you’re taking and stop taking them if advised by your doctor for the period advised before your back surgery.
- Fast for 6 to 12 hours – The time you will fast depends on the type of joint surgery you’re having. Follow the instructions provided to you by your doctor to avoid the postponement of your surgery.
- Arrange a ride home – Due to anesthesia medication, you likely will not be able to drive after your orthopedic surgery and will need to arrange to have someone drive you home.
There are several different types of orthopedic surgeries available, depending on your conditions. Most minimally invasive joint surgeries will begin with the administering of a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. Depending on the type of joint surgery, one or two tiny incisions will be made, and a thin tube or needle will be inserted to allow the surgeon to visualize the area and locate damaged bone or cartilage. Damaged materials will be repaired or removed using a small instrument and/or laser, and the incision will be closed using a stitch or a thin piece of surgical tape.
After your orthopedic surgery, you will move to a recovery room where you will be monitored for a few hours before being discharged.
Recovering After Surgical Treatment
Minimally invasive surgical treatments offer the benefit of a quick recovery along with the relief of pain. For most, a return to an active lifestyle takes only 4-6 weeks. Pain can be well managed using over-the-counter pain medications and hot and cold packs.
Depending on the type of joint surgery and your condition, physical therapy may be recommended to help with your rehabilitation and to strengthen the muscles supporting your bones in an effort to prevent future injuries..
Your doctor will advise you as to when you can return to work and other activities.
Take the first step toward relief and contact Orthopedic Centers of America today. Our patient coordinators can match you with an orthopedic specialist in your area.
Call 1-888-549-0835 now to speak to one of our patient coordinators. It’s free, easy and could be the most important call you ever make.