3 Recovery Tips for Knee Replacement Surgery

knee replacement surgeryIf you need to have knee replacement surgery, you know just how difficult it can be to walk everyday and deal with the constant pain. That’s why Dr. John Moore places a huge emphasis on the recovery aspect of the knee replacement surgical procedure. From participating in exercise to avoiding certain things, this article will discuss a few of the things that you should be aware of in order to have a smooth and safe recovery. Read on to learn more.

The Importance of Exercise
Although it may seem counterintuitive right after surgery to get up and move around, in order for your ligaments to heal properly and in order for your knee replacement to function like normal, you need to get up and moving. In fact, you can participate in sports such as walking, hiking, biking, swimming, and golfing. All of these activities, if done in moderation and at a slow pace at first, are easy on your knees and will help you get used to normal activity once again.

You should avoid sports that invovle moving your knees from side to side such as contact sports like basketball, soccer, or football. Additionally, things sports like running should be avoided or done in moderation following surgery because of the immense impact they put on your body.

Knowing Your Limit
There is a big difference between pushing yourself a little and knowing when enough is enough. As part of the recovery process, it’s important to know your limit. For instance, if you go on a long walk, then you probably won’t want to spend your afternoon vacuuming or walking up and down stairs doing housework. By listening to your body, you can help to prevent further injury and help your body heal and a faster rate.

Avoid Kneeling
You may not realize how much you may kneel or squat down throughout your day-to-day activities. However, kneeling and squatting can place an unruly amount of pressure on your knees and joints which can cause further issues and prevent your knees from healing properly. Try having a friend or family member kneel down for you in order to pick things up or interact with small children.

If you would like to learn more recovery tips for knee replacement surgery, contact Dr. John Moore’s office today!

How to Take Care of Sore Joints

sore jointsNo matter what age you are, you are going to experience some amount of soreness in your joints after you either run a lot or spend the day doing some type of strenuous activity. However, the older you get, the more stiff and sore your joints become after doing even little things like mowing the lawn. In order to combat that additional soreness that you may feel in your joints it’s important to ice, stretch, and take an anti-inflammatory medication. Read on to learn more about the importance of each of these steps.

Ice
Nothing is quite as ignored or dreaded by joint patients as icing their joints. Not Only is icing your joints uncomfortable due to the cold temperature but it can also be a bit awkward as well. However, icing your joints will help you to cut down drastically on the inflammation that you will experience further down the line. Additionally, because icing your joints will help to numb them as well, it will also help to cut down on the pain you are experiencing. When icing your joints, look to use something that’s more moldable like either a frozen gel ice pack or a frozen bag of small vegetables.

Stretch
Another great way to treat sore joints is to stretch everyday— whether you worked out that day or not. By stretching your muscles, you can help to loosen those stiff joints and break up any lactic acid that may be building up in your muscles. Dedicate about 10-15 minutes of your time every night before bed to stretching. Remember that the sooner you get into the habit of stretching every night, the easier it will be down the line.

Medication
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen are another great way to help combat sore joints and muscles. By breaking up the inflammation that is causing your joints further pain and irritation, ibuprofen is a simple and easy way to get back to feeling like yourself again. Just make sure that you check with your doctor beforehand if you suffer from any sort of blood related or heart related disorder.

Taking care of your sore joints doesn’t have to be difficult. By icing, stretching, and taking the proper medication, you can help to feel like your old self in no time. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. John Moore’s office today.

3 Things to Know About Hip Replacement Surgery

hip replacementBeing told that you need hip replacement surgery is no trip to Disneyland. In fact, hip replacement surgery is one of the most intense surgeries to recover from— meaning that you will need both patience and plenty of rest in order to get the healing process done correctly. If you have recently been told you that you need to have hip replacement surgery but you aren’t quite sure what to expect, here are three things that you should know.

1.It Takes A Lot Of Healing Time
If you are the type of person that wants to get up and running even when you have a cold, then hip replacement surgery might be a bit difficult for you. As one of the things that many people don’t realize beforehand, it takes a lot of healing time until you are fully recovered from surgery. In fact, for about 6 months to a year following surgery, you should avoid doing things such as pivoting or twisting your leg— as this will only exacerbate the problem and could potentially damage your joints.

2. You Can’t Play Certain Sports
If you used to be an avid runner or athlete, then you should know that you likely won’t be able to participate in the sports at the same level that you once were able to. And although it may be devastating to hear, consider taking up a new sport or hobby that is gentler on your hip. Specifically, try to take up things such as walking and avoid sports or activities that require a lot of jumping or moving side to side. If you are unsure whether or not you are permitted to play a certain type of sport or participate in a certain activity, ask Dr. John Moore.

3. It Doesn’t Last Forever
Just like with most replacement surgeries, hip replacement surgery doesn’t last for forever. However, it does last in the upwards of twenty years, which means that it should hopefully last the length of your lifetime. If you do outlive your hip replacement, however, it can be redone.

To learn more about hip replacement surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. John Moore, contact our office today!

How to Help Someone Through Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee Replacement SurgeryKnee replacement surgery is a fairly intensive surgery that requires a lot of rehabilitation in order to get the patient up and moving like normal again. Typically done in elderly individuals, knee replacement surgery can not only take a physical toll on someone but a mental toll on them as well. If one of your loved ones has to undergo knee replacement surgery, it’s nice to know how you can be of service. From encouraging them to walk to helping them around the house, this article will discuss a few of the ways you can help your loved one recover from knee replacement surgery.

Encourage Them to Keep Moving
One of the most challenging things that rehab facilities run into when dealing with patients who have just undergone knee replacement surgery is getting them up and walking afterward. In fact, patients will be encouraged to start moving their joints within 24 hours after surgery to prevent against any blood clots or cartilage buildup. After your loved one is released from the hospital and sent home, it’s important to encourage them to move and walk around the house a little bit with the help of a cane, walker, or crutches. Remind them that it typically won’t be until 6 weeks post surgery that they will be able to fully walk, but that a little work each day will help them meet that goal.

Speak Positively
When undergoing such an extensive type of procedure, it can be easy for patients to get down and discouraged. However, by lending a listening ear and encouraging them to keep on going, you can help your loved one to feel better both physically and mentally. Remember that the more mentally positive they feel about it, the easier it will be for them to physically heal.

Help Them Around the House
Although your loved one will be encouraged to move their joint and walk around the house a little bit each day, lend a helping hand around the house. For instance, your loved one shouldn’t be doing any sort of cleaning, lifting, or really any sort of labor intensive work. As a suggestion, offer to clean their house and bring them their groceries— that way they won’t be tempted to lift grocery bags or clean the bathroom floor.

Getting knee replacement surgery is a big deal but by lending an emotional and physical hand to your loved one, you can help them through the process. To learn more, contact Dr. John Moore’s office today!

100 Highly Successful Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgeries

We are happy to congratulate Dr. Moore and his team on completing over 100 highly successful out patient joint replacement surgeries at the Surgery Center of Pinehurst. Over several years we have encouraged more patients who are healthy, highly motivated, and ready to return to an active lifestyle quickly to take advantage of our unique concierge-like joint replacement surgeries. Our success rate is reflected with ZERO post operative admissions after surgery.

We are excited to provide an environment for the patient that is significantly different from the traditional hospital stay. We focus on one-on one treatment for our patients ensuring that the patients are more at ease and informed on their upcoming procedure. The dedication from the staff including office, OR, and Physical therapy help make this process undeniably amazing.

Dr. Moore’s 100th joint replacement press release