Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the Artificial Joint last?

An artificial joint can last for about 10-20 years depending upon the patient. It completely depend upon the weight of the person, his activities etc. A person who is overweight or who is very active in sports is more likely to wear out the artificial joint.

How much years would the Hip Implant last?

10 to 15 years or even longer is the duration of an artificial joint. In this case the wear of the implant completely depends upon the weight of the person and the activities done by him. The ceramic bearing surface is the best at present as it has a low wear rate. Also the body remains inactive to the particles that are given out.

How post-operative Pain Management is performed?

A very special technique Patient Control Analgesia (PCA) is used where pain relieving medicines are provided in controlled manner to relieve pain. A bolus can be adjusted by the patient, is the patient need more dose of medicine according to the pain.

What are the restrictions following Direct Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement Surgery?

Patients can generally return to all activities if they feel comfortable. Running is one of the activities which should be avoided. Patients often comfortably return to hiking, walking, swimming, yoga, bicycling, tennis. Once the patients are relieved from hip replacement they return to activities they have not experienced since long.

Are all Hip Replacement patients candidates for an Anterior Approach?

Most of the patients are candidates for Anterior Approach Hip Replacement. There are individual circumstances, which may make a patient better suited for a direct lateral or posterior approach.

What would I benefits from Hip Revision Surgery?

Relief from pain is one of the main benefit from conducting hip revision surgery. For many patients hip revision surgery helps improving mobility, strength and coordination of the leg & torso. It also helps improving the appearance of the hip and legs.

How to manage at home during recovery from Hip Revision Surgery?

After hip revision surgery the following are the recommendation for some home care activities:

Going Home : It would be better to stop every 45-60 minutes while having a drive in the car. Walking a bit is also preferred. While riding in the car, ankle pumps are to be done.

Resting and Sleeping : For the first four to six weeks it is better to lie on the non-operative side when resting or sleeping in the bed. It is better to keep a pillow between the legs and another pillow to support foot and ankle.

Sexual Activity : It is better to consult a physician for positioning during sexual relations.

Dressing : In order to prevent lifting the knee higher than the hip on the surgery side, the patient may be given a long shoe horn and a dressing stick which will help in putting on and taking off shoes, socks and pants on their own.

Stairs : To go up & down the stairs using handrails or crunches, the physician will teach the patient. It is always better to use the good leg first and then followed by the crunches and finally the surgery leg.

What are the results of Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Shoulder replacement surgery is mainly beneficial for the relief of pain. Most patients are very satisfied with the matter of pain relief. But still shoulder replacements may not be perfect and may ache a little due to weather changes.

Which doctor should I meet to have a Total Ankle Replacement?

For managing ankle arthritis, an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon must be met.

Is Stem Cell Treatment dangerous? Can stem cells cause cancer?

Every medical procedure has its own risks. Some Stem Cell Treatment can cause cancer or tumours. When the cells are brought up under culture, they may lose normal mechanisms that control growth. Some of the possible risks include tissue rejection, infection and complications arising from the medical procedure itself.

Will Prolotheraphy relieve the pain right away?

An anaesthetic which often generates immediate pain relief is contained within the injected solution. Relief of original pain continues for a few weeks after the first treatment. But after initial stabilization, some pain may return. This is due to the incomplete growth of the ligament tissue. Sometimes pain is entirely relieved after a single treatment. With each treatment, residual pain generally diminishes.

How frequently should I follow up appointments with my doctor following Disk Replacement Surgery?

Patients are seen during an interval of at least four to six weeks, three months, six months, one year and once a year after the first year. Similar to patients with hip or knee replacements, disc replacement patients will need to be seen every year or two for the life of the disc replacement. This done to check out whether the implant has been worn out or not.

How does Computer Assisted Surgery work?

Computer Assisted Surgery resembles a Global Positioning System (GPS). Before beginning the procedure, the surgeon helps the computer take important measurements of the patient’s anatomy. For a more precise alignment CAS simply combines the information together after which the surgeon performs the surgery

When is Fusion Recommended?

Elimination of pain from painful motion, correction of deformity, treatment of a fractured vertebra, treatment of instability and treatment of some cervical disc herniations are some of the hypothetical reasons for a surgeon to consider fusing the vertebrae.

Not all the spinal fracture need surgery, only some fractures which are associated with nerve injury or spinal cord need surgery. A hairline fracture which allows one vertebra to slip forward to one another is called spondylolisthesis and can be treated by fusion surgery. Cervical disc herniations requires not only removal of herniated disc but also fusion.Spines with instability also come under the category of spinal fusion.

How does interventional pain management specialist differ from other Pain Management specialists?

Interventional pain management differ from other pain management practices because it gives importance of an accurate diagnosis. In order to eliminate the fastest and most effective way for each individual an interventional pain management specialist utilizes all sources of treatment.

How is Osteoporosis diagnosed?

Doctor combines a complete physical examination and medical history with the help of bone densitometry, laboratory tests & skeletal X-rays. If the doctor finds low bone mass, additional tests are to be performed to detect other diseases. Bone densitometry is a painless X-ray technique which compares your bone density to the peak bone density of someone of your same sex and ethnicity. It is often performed in women at the time of menopause.

How can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome be prevented?

Wearing fingerless gloves help keep hands flexible and warm. To maintain the natural position during work tools, workstation, tool handles and tasks can be altered. Workers can rotate jobs. But, researcher’s have not yet revealed that workplace changes prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.