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Is Minimally Invasive Surgery Right For You?

If you’ve been experiencing ongoing joint pain you’ve probably, at some point, visited an orthopedist. If this is the case –you may have heard the suggestion for minimally invasive surgery as an alternative to your months (or even years) of more conservative treatments.

Whether you are considering minimally invasive surgery at the recommendation of your doctor, simply want to know more about it, or have never heard the term at all – keep reading to learn more about this increasingly popular treatment method.

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is a procedure that uses less invasive techniques than traditional forms of surgery. This is usually accomplished through using smaller incisions, and an endoscope (a surgical camera that allows the surgeon to examine the surgical site).

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

In comparison to traditional forms of surgery – where incisions are larger – less invasive procedures have a reduced risk for infection, scarring, and other complications. These techniques also allow for generally faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays.

Is minimally invasive surgery right for me? 

This type of procedure is commonly performed on patients who have orthopedic conditions affecting the joints, and who have exhausted other forms of conservative treatments. In order to know if it is right for you, talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to assess your conditions and discuss with you the treatment options that are right for you.

For more information on the different types of surgery, and the surgeons at Orangewood Surgical Center, call (714) 221-4236.



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How Physical Therapy Helps in Recovering From Surgery

How Physical Therapy Helps in Recovering from Surgery

If you have just undergone surgery, or have a surgery scheduled, then physical therapy may be right for you. Here’s why:

1. Helps to Reduce Pain

The choice to undergo surgery is usually made after every other treatment option has failed. This is because surgery, unlike pain medications or injections, can sometimes result in weeks of recovery time and residual pain. This is where physical therapy comes in. Your physical therapist will teach you strengthening and stretching exercises designed to aid the recovery process and keep pain at bay.

2. Increases Range of Motion

Immediately following surgery, you may also experience stiffness. Your body will take time to adjust to the repairs or changes that were made during surgery, which can result in temporary mild inflammation. By seeing a physical therapist, you will not only learn the best exercises to increase flexibility, but you will also be held accountable to perform them regularly – an important part of recovery!

3. Helps Prevents Further Injury

Finally, physical therapy – when done under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist – is crucial to preventing further injuries long after the surgery is done. Even a few weeks of proper physical therapy can help build up the right muscles that will protect bones and tendons from future damage.

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