• Recovering from Hand Reconstruction Surgery

    Hand reconstruction surgery can take several months to recover from completely. Because of the lengthy recovery period, it’s important to prepare as much as you can in advance so you can focus on getting better after your procedure. Your orthopaedic surgeon will give you instructions for your recovery, and it’s important to follow them closely to reduce the risk of complications. The following tips will also help.

    Before your surgery, prep meals that can be easily cooked without using both hands. Stick to aluminum cookware, as other pots and pans may be too heavy. Make arrangements for family and friends to help you, especially in the first few weeks after your surgery. Be sure to do any exercises recommended by your orthopaedic surgeon or physical therapist to rebuild strength in your hand.

    MK Orthopaedics offers comprehensive care for orthopaedic conditions, from knee replacement surgery to hand reconstruction, as well as noninvasive treatments. For more information about orthopaedic care in Joliet, please call (815) 741-6900.

  • Understanding Spinal Compression Fractures

    Compression fractures can occur at any location in the spine. They cause back pain and may also lead to numbness in the legs or pain in the abdomen. If you think you have a compression fracture, see an orthopaedic doctor as soon as possible.

    Watch this video to learn more about compression fractures. In people with brittle bones, compression fractures can occur without symptoms, which can lead to kyphosis. You may need to be screened for fractures regularly if you have brittle bone disease or osteoporosis.

    At MK Orthopaedics, our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet offer surgical and noninvasive treatments for a range of spine and joint issues. You can schedule an appointment by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • What Is the Link Between Obesity and Orthopaedic Conditions?

    There is a complicated relationship between obesity and orthopaedic problems. If you are suffering from back pain, hip pain, or other kinds of musculoskeletal discomfort, or if you need orthopaedic surgery, weight is a topic your doctor may address with you. Obesity and orthopaedic conditions can both contribute to and complicate each other, so understanding the role of weight in any condition you are experiencing is important.

    Obesity increases the risk of osteoarthritis.

    One clear link between obesity and orthopaedic conditions is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when wear and tear on joints causes the cartilage to break down, allowing the bones to rub against each other. Carrying excess weight increases the speed at which joints experience this kind of damage, leading to the development of osteoarthritis at younger ages than anticipated. Often, people who are experiencing knee and hip pain associated with osteoarthritis can get some relief by losing weight. Weight loss can also improve back pain associated with herniated discs. On the flipside, osteoarthritis can make it more difficult to be active, which can exacerbate weight gain.

    Injuries are more common in obese people.

    People who are obese have a dramatically higher risk of experiencing an orthopaedic injury than people who are of normal weight—as much as 48% higher, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This includes lower extremity injuries in people of all ages, including children who are obese. Being obese can also make recovery more difficult, as it can interfere with the ability to do re-strengthening exercises.

    Obesity can complicate orthopaedic surgery.

    Being obese increases the risks associated with anesthesia in every kind of surgery, including orthopaedic procedures. Obesity also makes recovery more difficult and may lead to inferior surgical results.

    If you’re concerned about the impact of your weight on your orthopaedic condition, make an appointment with a provider at MK Orthopaedics. Our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet can get you out of pain and back to enjoying the things you love. Make an appointment today by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Exploring the Benefits of Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Procedures

    Anterior approach hip replacements are hip replacement procedures that are done from the front of the hip, rather than from the back of the hip or from the side of the hip. Although this type of hip replacement is not right for everyone, it does offer several advantages for some patients. Your orthopaedic surgeon will help you understand which type of hip replacement is right for you and why, as well as the benefits and risks of each procedure. Continue reading for a look at some of the benefits of anterior approach hip replacements for patients who are good candidates for the procedure.

    Less Pain During Recovery

    Anterior approach hip replacements can usually be done through a smaller incision than other hip procedures, and your surgeon can replace the hip joint without moving as much muscle during the surgery. These two factors can lead to a less painful recovery. In particular, the reduced muscle trauma can lessen post-surgical discomfort. This helps to reduce the amount of pain medication required and allows patients to return to mobility faster.

    Shorter Hospital Stay

    In many cases, people who undergo an anterior hip replacement can leave the hospital the next day. Smaller incisions lead to less blood loss, which helps patients recover faster. Typically, as soon as patients can get out of bed and maneuver with a walker, they are cleared to go home. Although some patients need more than a one-night stay in the hospital after an anterior hip replacement, their stays are still usually shorter than those of patients who have other hip replacement procedures.

    Less Post-Surgical Limping

    Limping is a significant issue after hip replacement surgery. Some patients never completely lose their limps after developing a habit of walking with them. The risk of limping after an anterior-approach hip replacement is lower than with other procedures.

    If you’re tired of living with hip pain and are considering hip replacement surgery, make an appointment for a consultation at MK Orthopaedics. Our surgeons will help you make a treatment plan that is right for your specific needs. To learn more about hip replacements in Joliet, call (815) 741-6900.