We don’t tend to think much about our toes, shut away inside our shoes quietly getting on with their job. But, when we develop pain in our toes we soon become aware of how important they are to us.
Following on from last week’s article regarding approaches to hip replacement, we now take a look in more detail at two different hip replacement approaches.The Posterior approach is the most commonly executed hip replacement surgery in the UK, accessing the joint from the back. The Direct Anterior approach (DAA) is less common with the surgeon accessing the joint from the front. DAA is becoming more widely recognised for it’s shorter recovery times and muscle preservation.
As medicine is always advancing, there are now many different ways, or “approaches”, to perform hip replacement surgery. The approach that would best suit you depends on the nature of your condition or injury. A specialist orthopaedic surgeon will be able to discuss your options with you. However, certain approaches are becoming more popular as patients experience less pain, less muscle damage and faster recovery times.
Hip replacement surgery is common these days, and whilst all operations come with an element of risk, generally the risk for hip surgery is considered low, particularly if you are in good health. Exploring all your options with a specialist will ensure you are making the right decision and help you take measures in advance to ensure you make a quick recovery.
Our knees are highly important to retaining an active and fulfilled life. It is often only when an issue occurs that we really appreciate the work they do. Because our knees are made of a complex network of bones, tendons, muscles and ligaments, problems do arise when these elements don’t work together in harmony. Surgery is sometimes necessary as the best treatment, however for many cases it is possible to be seen as an outpatient where you can recover at home.
A meniscus tear is one of the most common injuries to the knee. Depending on how severe the tear is, will depend if you require surgery. If the tear is not severe, physiotherapy could be sufficient for you to heal the injury. There are a number of factors that can affect recovery success and timeframes.
Here we explain in more detail, plus cover the main causes and treatments of meniscus tears.