Month: April 2016

7 Tips For A Speedy Knee Replacement Recovery

download (8)A total knee replacement is a serious type of orthopedic surgery. Such a major procedure can mean a long and stressful recovery period. However, while a recovery period after an orthopedics procedure like a total knee replacement is inevitable, there are things you can do during the rehabilitation process to make it progress more quickly and easily.

1. Take Rehab Seriously

The rehabilitation process is one of the most effective ways to speed up healing. Listen to your doctor’s instructions and follow them carefully in order to ensure a successful recovery.

2. Avoid Stress on Knee

After you undergo a total knee replacement, it might be tempting to try to return to your normal daily activities as soon as possible after surgery. However, staying away from heavy lifting, avoiding twisting your knee, and incorporating as much rest as possible into your daily schedule can actually help quicken the healing process.

3. Incorporate Supplements and Vitamins into your Diet

At your follow-up orthopedic appointment, question your doctor about what vitamins and supplements he or she believes would be helpful for you to add to your daily diet. Vitamins and supplements such as iron and Vitamin D, for example, can strengthen your knee following your replacement surgery.

4. Alternate Ice and Heat for Inflammation

It is important to consistently apply ice and heat to your knee following your knee replacement surgery. In the initial days after your surgery, apply ice to your knee frequently in order to reduce natural inflammation. After the first few days following your surgery have passed, begin alternating applications of heat and ice to increase the flexibility of your knee and relax the muscles in it.

5. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking

Try not to drink alcohol or smoke for a period after your total knee replacement. Alcohol can mix negatively with any pain medication you may be taking and minimize the medication’s effects, and smoking can block your blood flow and thereby lengthen your healing process.

6. Walk and Exercise with Caution

Minor daily walking and exercising can actually help speed up your rehabilitation process by increasing flexibility and strength in your knee. However, avoid rigorous physical exercise, which can cause lasting damage and harm to your knee.

7. Stay Positive and Committed

The rehabilitation process after a total knee replacement surgery can be long and discouraging. However, it’s important to remain optimistic in order to ensure fast healing and a successful recovery. Follow these tips and stay consistently committed to your rehab in order to return to your normal life as soon as possible.

 

What Happens During And After A Kidney Transplant Surgery

download (7)The main function of kidneys is to filter the waste products from the body and convert them to urine. Kidney transplant is necessary when there is a case of kidney failure. The failed or diseased kidney is then replaced with a healthy one. However, a suitable donor needs to be found for the transplant. When a suitable donor is available, the transplant center will notify you and an appointment is fixed.

There will be some general instructions to be followed before you go to the hospital. One very basic requirement is to not eat or drink anything for the number of hours specified. Make sure that you take all your prescribed medicines. Also, make sure that you take all your previous test results and hospital papers. At the transplant center, you will undergo some basic tests. Even if they were previously performed, make sure that you undergo these tests as they will confirm whether new conditions have not developed since the last tests.

Once the kidney is found to be a match for you, the surgery must be performed as soon as possible. Kidney transplant is performed under general anesthetic.

The operation

The operation has three main stages. Firstly, a small incision is made in the lower abdomen. The donated kidney is then put into place through this incision. The original kidneys are left where they were. These kidneys are generally harmless. Unless they are causing any kind of pain or spreading any kind of infection, they are left where they are. Secondly, the blood vessels are attached to the blood vessels of the new kidney. This ensures that the new kidney gets the blood supply it requires to function properly. In the last stage, the ureter is attached to new kidney. This is the long tube that carries urine to the bladder.

Initially a small tube made of plastic may be inserted into the ureter to ensure the flow of urine. It is later on removed. This is generally after six to twelve weeks.

Once it is confirmed that the new kidney is properly placed and functioning, the incision is closed. The surgery is a complex process and generally takes over three hours.

After transplant

After the effects of the anesthetic have recovered it is most likely that you will feel some amount of pain. Doctors will provide you with painkillers initially. After the surgery, there will be a new set of medication that helps you immune system to get used to the new kidney and not reject it as an external body.

Most transplanted kidneys begin operating immediately. Your hospital stay will be for about one week. But there are many tests and regular checkups after the surgery that you should not miss.

Initially there will be around two appointments in a week and later on the frequency will reduce as per the results of the tests. If there are no serious symptoms observed, the transplant is considered successful and you can return to normal work within a few months!

 

Healthy Habits That Make You Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

download (6)There’s plenty of material out there, exhorting the value of a healthy lifestyle, to maintain good health. However despite all this, people fail to follow through on their resolutions. Why is it so? You do not need any of the fad diets to maintain an optimum level of health. Basically it comes down to this:

Eat less, eat right, exercise more, reduce stress, maintain a positive mental attitude, cut down on alcohol, and get rid of the smoking habit, that’s it!

Human beings are creatures of habit, and as the saying goes, we make our habits, and our habits make us.

If you keep doing something daily, and deliberately, on a consistent basis for 6 weeks or more, and you make it fun, it becomes a habit.

So what are the habits that help you reach your objective?

1. Diet:- Cut down/eliminate junk food (fries, burgers)/sugary drinks, which if consumed on a consistent basis could lead to obesity, heart and blood vessel problems, to name a few.

2. Eat a bowl of freshly cut vegetables daily (carrots, beets, tomatoes, and cucumbers)- the more colorful the vegetables, the better. They contain high levels of antioxidants which are healthy.

Cut the vegetables, and place them in a bowl in the refrigerator, so you are ready to eat them the next day; that way you do not put it off. Your body needs carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals in the required amounts, and many of the fad diets cut down on one of these components. The deprivation of the nutrients mentioned above, leads to health problems, and lethargy. Try to avoid fad diets.

3. Eat less:- Try to eat lesser portions of food-eat at least one stage less before you feel full.

Do not binge eat. People have a tendency to eat more, if they eat while sitting in front of the television. Add nuts(careful please, if you are allergic to them) whole grains, and oily fish (containing omega 3 fatty acids ) like salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel.

4. Exercise more:- Again, so much advice is given in this area. To keep it simple, walk 30 minutes a day 5 times a week. Park your car a block away, and walk to your destination. Some expert swear by 20 minutes (twenty is definitely plenty).

If you like yoga, go ahead. Choose the exercise you like. If it’s not fun, you may not stick with it. The message here is: 30, 20 or 10 minutes, the benefits of exercise accrue only when done on a regular basis.

However do not beat yourself up, if you miss a day here or there. Something is better than nothing.

Like the great Chinese Philosopher Confucius said “It does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop.”

5. Reduce stress: This is extremely important. Stress increases your cortisol hormone levels which in turn increases your blood sugar, blood pressure, and causes weight gain. In the long run, it causes a myriad variety of health problems.

One of the worst causes of stress is resentment. Do not hold a grudge, forgive and let it go; you will live longer, and be more peaceful.

The Mayo Clinic guidelines for reducing stress are:

1. Stay away from the source of provocation.

2. If you cannot do so, change your reaction to it.

3. If you cannot do the above, accept it.

4. If you cannot do that, reduce it. How? By techniques like yoga, meditation, and exercise.

Smoking: Irrefutable proof has emerged linking smoking to cardiovascular disease, cancers, besides a host of other problems. You would add years to your life, if you gave up smoking.

Alcohol: Again it’s a good idea to cut down on alcohol. Alcohol has nothing but empty calories, and can be toxic to the liver in the long run, besides increasing your weight.

Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.

I suppose if a few of the above become habits, your health would improve in ways you cannot imagine; you would feel better.

Your body is the temple /abode in which you reside. Take good care of it, and it will take good care of you.

Wish you all the best in this journey-Make it fun, and you will stick with it.

 

Why Individuals Prefer Visiting Surgery Clinics

download (5)Visiting health experts is important to help individuals maintain their health. However, there are cases when visiting experts in hospitals is quite impossible due to the increasing number of patients who are also seeking for medical help, most especially medical surgeries. Because of this, more and more individuals are now going to surgery clinics.

Surgery clinics are quite similar to hospitals. However, they are smaller. Apart from that, the medical rates are higher than the hospitals. Even so, individuals still visit surgery clinics since they can provide wonderful benefits that can match their needs. Below are some of the benefits.

More personalized service

First and foremost, clinics can provide you with more a personalized service. This is possible since health experts can focus on the treatments needed to help you. Aside from that, health experts in clinics have more time in finding the right treatment you need. As a result, they can create a personalized service to ensure that your medical needs are addressed properly.

Faster recovery

Another benefit of opting for surgery clinics is you can recover faster. Of course, surgical procedures in clinics and hospitals are the same. However, clinics can help patients recover faster since they can offer better medical attention. Not to mention, recovery rooms and lounges in clinics may also have a more cheerful appearance about them in contrast to most hospital settings.

More reliable surgeons

One of the best benefits of opting for hospitals is you can find the ideal health expert who can help you with your needs. On the other hand, surgery clinics focus on a certain treatment only. Because of this, you can find more reliable surgeons in clinics since these experts continue to improve their knowledge by attending seminars related to their medical field of expertise. Surgeons in clinics also have better time in determining your needs.

Equipped with some of the best medical equipment

Lastly, some surgery clinics are equipped with some of the best medical equipment. One of the drawbacks of hospitals is they need to invest in numerous equipment and apparatus to deal with a wide range of medical conditions. On the contrary, surgery clinics can invest in the equipment that can help them treat certain conditions. For instance, when looking for skin care treatments, some clinics provide laser skin treatments, which can provide patients with better and more reliable results.