Many factors play a role in patients being active earlier, including surgical techniques, physical therapy techniques, pre-surgical education classes, anesthesia techniques and pain medication techniques. The use of multi-modal pain management before, during and after your joint replacement surgery has been the main driver behind earlier activity.
Joint replacement pain is, in some ways, comparable to home entertainment systems. Every home has a different version of an entertainment system. Some homes have basic AM/FM radios with an antenna, while other homes have more complex systems that communicate with computers, satellite radios and televisions. All of these systems, similar to patients and their pain after joint replacement surgery, have amplifiers that function differently.
By using a multi-modal pain management approach to your hip and knee replacement, we are able to improve your comfort and get you moving sooner after surgery. This approach takes into account your individual health history and the particular needs you will have during your surgery. You will receive a combination of different medications before, during and after your surgery.
Anesthesia will be administered on a regional basis, rather than given as general anesthesia. You will also receive an injection of medications into the joint operated on and the surrounding tissues of the joint. While this may sound like a lot of medications to take, it ultimately reduces the amount of narcotics you will need, and allows you to have total joint replacement surgery with minimal and very manageable discomfort.
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