A shoulder replacement surgery (shoulder arthroplasty) is an invasive procedure designed to relieve the patient of shoulder pain and reduced motion caused by conditions affecting the shoulder joint. Although shoulder replacements aren’t as common as hip or knee replacements, more and more patients are opting to undergo this procedure as new, more effective techniques have developed. As with any major orthopedic surgery, a patient can expect downtime to recover and some degree of scarring from the incision. For many patients, post-operative scarring can lead to hypertrophic and keloidal scar types. These scar types are considered abnormal and can cause pain and discomfort. However, there are steps you can take to reduce scarring after your surgery, and medical-grade products are easy to obtain.
Spinal fusion is the process of surgically mending the vertebrae (small bones) in the spine so that they heal together as a single bone. A person may opt to undergo a spinal fusion if they are experiencing pain, misalignment, or reduced mobility in the spine. Once the surgery is complete and the healing process is over, it’s a good idea (after consulting with your doctor) to start stretching your spine to regain strength and flexibility. This is when the ancient practice of doing yoga will become your best friend. You'll want to take it slow at first, so listen to your body and know your limits to avoid the risk of injury.
Knee replacement, clinically known as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to correct complications with joint pain and functionality. Artificial joints (prosthesis) are devices used to replace the damaged components of the knee. Partial or total knee replacements can be performed by an orthopedic surgeon depending on the severity of the disease and its debilitating nature. People inflicted with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are at greater risk for knee replacement. Surgical intervention might also be considered in response to acute injuries involving meniscus or ligament tears. As with any surgical procedure, significant scarring is an inevitable result for many post-operative patients.