Undergoing orthopaedic surgery can be a daunting prospect. From preparing for an operation to understanding the post-operative recovery process, there are many things you need to consider when it comes to receiving orthopaedic care. In this blog, we will be exploring what you can expect when undergoing orthopaedic surgery with Dr. Nelson, an orthopaedic surgeon located in Cache Valley.
Before any procedure takes place, you will be thoroughly assessed by Dr. Nelson and his team. This includes physical exams and imaging tests, as well as gathering your medical history and current medications/supplements. It’s important that all information is shared so that Dr. Nelson can provide a safe and effective treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs.
Once the assessment has taken place, Dr. Nelson will discuss the procedure in detail with you so that you have a full understanding of what is involved in the operation and any risks associated with it. This conversation should include information about the type of anesthesia used during the procedure as well as any possible side effects or complications that could occur afterward.
You may also receive pre-operative instructions such as fasting prior to surgery or avoiding certain medications before the operation – all of which should be discussed with Dr. Nelson prior to your procedure taking place.
The duration of your operation will depend on the type of procedure being performed; however, general surgeries typically last anywhere from one hour to two hours (or longer for complex operations). During the procedure, Dr. Nelson will access your joint through an incision and then use specialized instruments to address specific areas such as damaged cartilage or ligaments. There may also be other steps involved depending upon what type of surgery is necessary – these will be discussed in full at the pre-operative consultation with Dr. Nelson before your appointment takes place.
Once your operation is completed, you will likely stay in the hospital overnight for monitoring purposes before being discharged home once it is deemed safe for you to do so by medical staff.
After leaving the hospital following an orthopaedic procedure, it’s important that you follow all instructions given by Dr. Nelson and his team in order for recovery to go smoothly. This includes attending all follow-up appointments, following a rehabilitation program if necessary, taking pain relief medications, wearing a brace/splint where required, getting plenty of rest/sleep, keeping wounds clean and dry, adjusting diet if instructed (high protein foods are usually recommended), learning how to manage discomfort/pain levels accordingly, and avoiding strenuous activities or movements specified by medical experts. Additionally, some patients may require physical therapy or occupational therapy after their surgery in order to speed up recovery time – this advice should also be followed carefully because it can make all the difference when healing post-operatively!