The Rothman Blog Squad
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Anterior cervical decompression surgery and spinal fusion may become a necessary option for patients who have been treated with non-surgical procedures that have had little or no success. Whether you have an injury or a degenerative condition that is causing you severe pain or limitations in your everyday activities, an anterior cervical decompression surgery with decompression is sometimes the best treatment plan to address the root cause.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Monday, 27 October 2014
Are you wondering about when to have knee replacement surgery, or are you still unsure about whether joint replacement is right for you? Many people think they may be too young, too old, or otherwise unable to receive a knee prosthesis, so they rule out the procedure without consulting a doctor. Others too quickly assume that total knee replacement surgery is the right option for them, when there are quite possibly other more conservative treatment option that could reduce pain and restore flexibility of the knees without surgery. All possible treatments should be considered and discussed with a knee specialist before a patient comes to a conclusion about something as serious as whether to have a surgical procedure.
Friday, 24 October 2014
Much like the hip, the shoulder is a ball and socket joint. In the case of the shoulder, the “socket” is the area of the scapula (shoulder blade) that holds the head of the humerus arms bone (which is the ball, in this case). Just above the large, ball in socket shoulder joint, there is also a acromioclavicular joint.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
If you’re a parent, it seems like your list of cares grows daily. With every stage in your child’s life, there comes new ways to possibly destroy their chances of a happy and successful future. You have to weigh issues such as private school vs. public school (or homeschool?), iPhone 5 vs. functional outdated phone (or no phone?), and storebrand food vs. organic (or gluten free?).
Monday, 20 October 2014
Spine surgery may sound like a big deal, but living with arm or leg pain for the rest of your life is a bigger deal. In fact, certain procedures, such as decompression and spinal fusion surgery, have become so common and successful, that the concept of having back surgery is no longer overwhelming for patients. For those who have surgery through Rothman Institute’s top orthopedic program, the hope for a healthy, active future is just a simple procedure away.
Friday, 17 October 2014
“Do I need total shoulder replacement?” Many patients who have sustained multiple shoulder injuries, such as a dislocation of the joint, or those who suffer from severe arthritis of the shoulder joints, are often concerned with the possibility of a total shoulder replacement surgery. In many cases, painful and debilitating conditions of the shoulder joint can be remedied by less complicated procedures; some patients require no surgery whatsoever. For other patients, however, after trying a variety of unsuccessful conservative treatment options, a shoulder replacement operation may appear to be the only remaining option.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Hip replacements are not uncommon in the United States. Hundreds of individuals receive hip prostheses on a daily basis, and this procedure has a very high success rate, bringing patients a significant decrease in hip pain and improvements in range of motion of the hip joint. While this is a relatively safe and effective operation, however, it does not come without its various concerns about risks and recovery. As a patient who is facing the possibility of a hip surgery in the near future, you need to know a few things about recovery from total hip replacement.
Monday, 13 October 2014
When we think about children and concussions, we generally think about football. The standard concussion graphic usually involves a brain getting jostled around inside of a football helmet (presumably after another helmet has smashed into it). But as dangerous as football can be, it comes with several built-in precautions. It’s a regulated sport that involves protective equipment and numerous athletic trainers ready to treat the affected athletes.
Friday, 10 October 2014
Fusion of a segment of the spinal column is a surgical procedure in which a bone graft (or, in some cases, a synthetic bone substitute) is placed between two or more vertebrae in order to fuse them together, preventing any excessive motion that could harm the bones or the spinal nerve roots. This surgery may become necessary when a spinal abnormality, such as a herniated disc, is creating pressure on the nerves exiting the spine, resulting in severe, debilitating pain for the patient. In many cases, if the patient seeks medical attention at the onset of symptoms, a herniated disc can be treated with various non-surgical procedures. In the event that you are a candidate for a decompression and fusion surgery, there are a few things you will need to know about spinal fusion recovery.