General Information for Patients
These resources can help you be better informed and empower you with the skills and knowledge you need to actively participate in your care. You have a role in your recovery, and we are dedicated to providing the information you need to participate.
An area of confusion is about options for managing pain after orthopaedic surgery. Here is some help: Managing Pain With Medications After Orthopaedic Surgery and Alternative Methods to Help Manage Pain After Orthopaedic Surgery
Here is a quick article form the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons on the use of Supplements before surgery:
Herbal Supplements May Cause Dangerous Drug Interactions in Orthopaedic Surgery Patients
Discontinuing use prior to surgery can help avoid adverse events (Rosemont, IL)
Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments such as herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in the United States, especially among older patients and those with chronic pain. However, many of these products can have serious and potentially harmful side effects when combined with medications prescribed during and after surgery, according to a review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS).
About 20 percent of prescription users also take an herbal supplement, and those rates are higher — studies suggest between 35 and 70 percent — among orthopaedic patients who are candidates for surgery…
“The Impact of Complementary and Alternative Treatment Modalities on the Care of Orthopaedic Patients” – David T Rispler, MD and Julie Sara, MD – Whole Article. (PDF)
One of the greatest concerns for patients having orthopaedic surgery is the risk of blood clots. On your orthopaedic connection there is a new section on blood clots, prevention, treatment and even traveling tips.
After Surgery, you may be spending lots of time on your crutches. For those needing increased comfort and function from their crutches check out Crutch Comforts