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What Diabetics Should Know About Orthopaedic Surgery

Diabetes is a serious, chronic disease that affects the ability of the body to produce or use insulin. Unless treated properly, this results in unstable blood glucose levels, and may lead to complications such as nerve damage. Another problematic aspect of diabetes is that it can complicate orthopaedic surgery. Diabetics will need more careful preparation before surgery than most other patients.

Potential Risks of Surgery

Your orthopaedic surgeon will help you understand the ways in which diabetes can affect your health during and after surgery. Due to inhibited blood circulation, diabetics tend to heal more slowly, and they may be at an increased risk of infections at the surgical site. There is also an increased risk of:

  • Heart problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Fluid and electrolyte problems
  • Poor blood glucose control before, during, and after surgery

Effective Approach to Blood Glucose Management

With careful planning, it’s possible to minimize these risks. Your surgeon may coordinate with your primary care doctor or endocrinologist to plan a safe surgery for you. You will need to:

  • Inform the surgeon of all of your medicines
  • Inform the surgeon of any diabetes complications you may have
  • Discuss whether you need to temporarily discontinue diabetes drugs
  • Follow a strict plan to control blood glucose during the week prior to surgery
  • Take the recommended dose of insulin the night before or day of surgery

Expect to have your blood glucose checked when you arrive at the orthopaedic surgery center. If it’s too high, your surgery may need to be rescheduled. Otherwise, the anesthesiologist may give you insulin during your surgery, as needed.

Considerations for Post-Operative Recovery

Follow your doctor’s recommendations for checking your glucose after the surgery. During this time, the following factors can affect your blood glucose control.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty eating
  • Reduced physical activity
  • Stress
  • Post-operative medications

Call your doctor right away if you notice signs of an infection, or if you have problems with glucose control.

At MK Orthopaedics, the safety and well-being of our patients are our highest priorities. Our orthopaedic surgeons in Joliet have plenty of experience working with high-risk patients who have multiple medical issues, and we can develop a surgery plan that’s right for you. Get in touch at (815) 741-6900.

Stages and Progression of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, and a chronic, inflammatory condition. It involves painful, debilitating symptoms of the joints and tissues throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks healthy tissues, causing inflammation and damage that can grow progressively worse over time. There’s no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but orthopaedic doctors recommend treating the disease as early as possible. Otherwise, patients run the risk of more severe, widespread damage.

Stage One

The treatment recommendations for rheumatoid arthritis can depend on the exact stage a patient is in. During this earliest stage, the joint capsule is inflamed and the synovial tissue is swollen. Patients will experience joint pain with movement, stiffness, and swelling. Upon examining X-rays, doctors will generally not notice any signs of joint destruction, although there may be some bone erosion.

Stage Two

Stage two is moderate rheumatoid arthritis. Patients are diagnosed with stage two when the inflammation of the synovial tissue begins to spread and affect the cartilage of the joint. As the cartilage is destroyed, the joint pain is accompanied by loss of range of motion and mobility in that area.

Stage Three

Stage three is severe rheumatoid arthritis. Patients in stage three will experience worsening, debilitating pain. The affected joint can be severely swollen, and patients are likely to experience a loss of mobility, and perhaps poor muscle strength. The joint may start to look physically deformed. During stage three, the inflammation starts to destroy the bone, as well as the cartilage.

Stage Four

Stage four is terminal or end-stage rheumatoid arthritis. The inflammatory process ceases. Fibrous tissue forms, and the joints no longer function due to the severe damage. Nodules, or bumps, can be visible under the skin. Patients will still suffer from pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility in this stage.

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the many conditions we can treat here at MK Orthopaedics. Our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet are committed to helping each of our patients live full, active lives without painful symptoms. Call (815) 741-6900 to request a consult with an orthopaedic doctor.

The Role of Orthopaedic Doctors on the Sidelines

For most sports teams, there is an unseen team member who rarely makes the highlight reel: the team’s orthopaedic doctor. Having an orthopaedic doctor on the sidelines is essential for many sports teams, especially professional organizations that need fast, accurate care for their players.

When orthopaedic doctors are on the sidelines of games, they are able to instantly evaluate sports injuries and consult on RTP—return to play—decisions. They can also begin treatment immediately for injuries that happen during the game and coordinate post-game care when necessary. Orthopaedic doctors can also help teams comply with any league or organizational rules for injury evaluation and treatment and provide education for the coaching and training staff about reducing the risk of sports injuries.

MK Orthopaedics is proud to have our orthopaedic doctors on the sidelines for athletes through our Sports Team Partnership. Find out how to protect your team from injuries and how to get instant access to sports medicine care by contacting our office today at (815) 741-6900.

Are You a Digital Deadwalker?

Are you constantly glued to your smartphone? If so, you could be a digital deadwalker. Smart devices can lead to a surprising number of conditions that cause people to need treatment by an orthopaedic doctor, from text neck to digital deadwalking injuries.

Watch this video to learn more.

Digital deadwalkers don’t look up from their devices when they are walking down city streets, causing them to walk into traffic and into other people. This behavior can lead to neck pain and other injuries to yourself and others.

Whether you’re a digital deadwalker yourself or you had a run-in with one that left you injured, MK Orthopaedics is here to help. Our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet offer non-invasive and surgical treatment for a wide range of injuries and conditions. To make an appointment, call (815) 741-6900.

Hip Labral Tears: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Your hip labrum is located along the outside of your hip joint socket, and it helps to hold the top of your thighbone in the socket securely . Hip labral tears can be painful and can lead to serious complications if they are not treated by your orthopaedic doctor. Here is what you need to know about this common injury, including the signs you could have a labral tear and what treatments your doctor may recommend.

What causes labral tears?

In many cases, hip labral tears are sports injuries. They occur in contact sports, including football and hockey, and in sports that require frequent twisting or pivoting of the hip, such as golf. Labral tears can also be the result of traumatic injuries, such as car accidents or falls. In some cases, congenital hip deformities can lead to labral tears. Any physical activity that involves repetitive twisting of the hips can lead to a labral tear in the long term.

What are the symptoms?

Many people don’t have any symptoms at all of a labral tear until it progresses and becomes more severe. In other cases, labral tears can cause hip pain and groin pain. Stiffness and restricted range of motion of the hip may also occur. If you have a hip labral tear, you may also notice a clicking sound when you move your hip, or it can feel like your hip is locking or catching when you walk.

What are the treatment options?

If you suspect you have a hip labral tear, see your orthopaedic doctor as soon as possible. For minor tears that are diagnosed early, over-the-counter medications, steroid injections, and physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles can all help. In some cases, patients recover in a matter of weeks with these non-invasive treatments. For severe tears or tears that don’t respond to non-invasive treatments, orthopaedic surgery to repair or remove the damaged tissues may be necessary.

Don’t let hip pain limit your activities. Make an appointment at MK Orthopaedics to determine the cause of your discomfort and to start on a treatment plan. To schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet, please call (815) 741-6900.

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