Surgery Blog Posts

5 Quad Exercises to Do After Knee Replacement

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These 5 quadriceps exercises help build strength and encourage healing after knee replacement. The exercises will get progressively more difficult as your quad tendon heals and pain diminishes.

8 Questions to Ask Before Knee Surgery

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Before scheduling knee surgery, ask these questions to help you choose a surgeon, decrease the chances of potential complications, and set expectations for pain control and physical therapy during recovery. Being well informed can help improve your chances of a smooth surgery and recovery.

6 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Hip Replacement Surgeon

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Before you schedule hip replacement surgery, ask these 6 questions to help you understand the procedure, the potential risks, and what your recovery will probably look like. Being informed can increase the likelihood that your surgery goes smoothly and your expectations are met.

What to Expect After Hip Replacement Surgery

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Recovery from hip replacement surgery can vary from person to person. Learn general how you may use pain medications, participate in physical therapy, and get back to your routine after surgery.

17 To-Do Items Before Hip Replacement Surgery

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There are several things you can do before hip replacement surgery to make your recovery easier. Read these recommendations and talk to your surgeon about how to prepare.

Is Outpatient Hip Replacement Right for You?

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What are some potential advantages and disadvantages to consider before choosing to have an outpatient hip replacement?

The Benefits of Losing Weight Before Knee Replacement

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Surgeons often advise patients to lose weight before knee replacement surgery. For people who are very overweight, losing just 20 pounds may help improve their recovery.

When Is Joint Revision Surgery Needed?

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Most joint replacements last years without any problems. But as joint replacement patients get younger, an increasing number of people may need a second joint replacement, known as a joint revision surgery.

The Challenges of Recovering from Shoulder Replacement

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Our Forums moderator shares about the difficult but rewarding process of recovering from shoulder replacement surgery.

The Ins and Outs of a Reverse Shoulder Replacement

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Under certain conditions, your doctor may recommend a shoulder replacement surgery that reverses the positions of the ball and socket, known as a reverse shoulder replacement. Learn what those conditions are.