Joint Surgery

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Joint Surgery is the next alternative when surgical repair is required. Many surgical alternatives exist with the continued technological improvements in orthopedic procedures.

Arthroscopy is a common surgery that allows the doctor to view the joint and diagnose the best solution & repair. They can repair torn cartilage, clean the joint, or debridement, and bring you back to full mobility with the minimum surgery.

Partial joint resurfacing is a procedure designed to provide quicker recovery & improved surgical outcome from patients with osteoarthritis in only one part of the joint, such as the knee. Surgeons can isolate and resurface only the arthritic, or damaged, portion of the knee without compromising the healthy bone & tissue surrounding it.

Mind Over Pain

Naturally, after going through major surgery where your joint is repaired & cleaned out, there is going to be some pain. The mental motivation must be to work through this pain. This pain reduces the more you bring your joint back to full strength through rehab. This is where the patient needs to engage MIND OVER BODY. Once the patient has worked through this, the reward of pain-free mobility is priceless.

Mentally Preparing for Joint Surgery

When we are notified that we need joint surgery, we are given a checklist of what physically needs to be done. Make our home accessible & clear for the patient returning, knowing basically what will be taking place in surgery & having a support team to help.

Mental preparation is the most important issue we as patients need to insure is in order. Have you made the best "Joint Decision" with your doctor, caregivers, family & friends? Do we have a positive attitude & are committed to the procedure, taking ownership for the final success? If we follow the CORE ROADS TO LIFE & Our Joint Decisions' psychological & inspirational motivation, MIND OVER BODY will prevail. Eliminating fear through knowledge & research is essential. Knowing we are prepared to follow-through on the complete rehabilitation regimen is absolutely necessary for long-term success.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACL reconstruction) is a surgical tissue graft replacement of the anterior cruciate ligament, located in the knee, to restore its function after injury. The torn ligament is removed from the knee before a graft is inserted through a hole created by a single punch. Arthroscopy surgery is the technique. A torn anterior cruciate ligament cannot be repaired & must be reconstructed with a tissue graft replacement. There are two types:

Autograft involves the medical grafting of bone or tissue from the patient's body

Allograft is the use of bone or tissue from adonor's body (typically a cadaver's)

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