Doctors use knee surgery to help restore a person’s range of motion. Types of surgery include a total knee replacement, arthroscopy, and osteotomy. In this article, learn what to expect during the recovery period and how to encourage healing. We also cover the long-term outlook.
Many people experience constipation after surgery. With gentle treatment methods, the symptoms should resolve within a few days. Learn more here.
We discuss five unusual medical procedures from ancient civilizations and more recent history. The journey toward medical discovery has been a bumpy ride.
In an ileostomy, a surgeon connects the lower part of the small intestine to an opening in the wall of the abdomen. This procedure allows stool to exit the body without passing through damaged portions of the bowel. Here, we describe ileostomy surgery, including preparation, recovery, and lifestyle adjustments.
While surgery cannot cure Crohn's disease, it can help reduce a person's symptoms and prevent life-threatening complications. In this article, learn about the different types of Crohn's disease surgery, how to prepare, and what to expect from recovery.
Women may take longer to recover from a cesarean delivery, or C-section, compared with a vaginal birth. In this article, we look at what to expect in the days, weeks, and months after cesarean delivery, and we provide tips to help people recover faster.
Thumb arthritis, or basal joint arthritis, affects the joint at the base of the thumb. It can cause pain and limit the thumb’s range of movement. Thumb arthritis is usually a type of osteoarthritis, meaning it develops due to wear and tear. Learn about the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment here.
Adenoids are glands at the back of the throat that can become swollen and sometimes infected in children. If enlarged adenoids are causing problems, such as breathing or sleeping difficulties, removal may be necessary. The surgery is generally safe and effective, and recovery takes 1 to 2 weeks. Learn more here.
When the cervix dilates to a certain extent, this is one sign that a baby is ready to be born. Dilation is usually gradual, and there are many ways to encourage it, including sexual stimulation, laughing, and using an exercise ball. In this article, learn how to promote dilation before and during labor.
Doctors perform tendon repair surgery to fix a tendon injury. Tendons are tough, stretchy tissues that join muscles to bone. Their job is to allow the body to move and to transfer weight. In this article, learn about the reasons for having tendon repair surgery, as well as how to prepare for surgery and what to expect.
If someone has a blockage in the heart, they may need bypass surgery to lower the risk of a heart attack. It is the most common heart surgery performed on adults. The operation can take many hours, but the success rate is high. Recovery time varies from person to person but usually involves 1 week in the hospital.
A bone fracture is another term for a broken bone. Depending on the location, type, and severity of the fracture, a doctor may recommend different treatment methods, including surgery, metal plates, or a cast. We look at different kinds of fracture repair, the stages of bone healing, and how to speed up recovery time.
Pseudomonas infections occur due to a specific type of bacteria and can affect different areas of the body. While these infections are usually mild in healthy people, they can be life-threatening for people who are in a hospital or have a weakened immune system. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment here.
Doctors use bone grafts in the treatment of a variety of health issues, including fractures, bone infections, spinal fusions, tumors, and joint problems. In this article, learn about the different types of bone grafts and replacement materials. We also cover the possible risks, complications, and the recovery process.
An annular pancreas occurs when a rare congenital disorder affects the organ’s development. This disorder causes the pancreas to grow in a ring around part of the small intestine, which can lead to blockages. In this article, we describe the symptoms, causes, and treatments, including surgery, for an annular pancreas.
A gastrointestinal fistula occurs when part of the digestive tract connects abnormally to the skin or another organ in the body. This severe condition often occurs after surgery and can cause complications such as malnutrition and severe pain. Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal fistulae here.
There are many reasons to have surgery. Some operations can relieve or prevent pain. Others can reduce a symptom of a problem or improve some body function. Some surgeries are done to find a problem. Your doctor or a nurse will give you instructions on what to do before the surgery and what you can and cannot do afterward.
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