The Experience of Knee Surgery

Sports medicine is a discipline where numbers count: how long does a shoulder procedure take? How many years does a patient have left on that ailing knee? But numbers alone cannot account for the whole experience of surgery, which is why I field a lot of questions about what orthopedic surgery feels like – before, during, and after the procedure.

This article offers a quick look at some of the experiences you can expect following orthopedic knee surgery. It includes common issues such as swelling and pain, and throws in some numbers about how long you should expect to be laid up. But the real meat of the piece is its emphasis on recovery as an active process:

We will initially focus on regaining your range of motion (ROM) and then strengthening you through your available ROM. Especially after a total knee replacement, you will want to gain full extension. Do not stay in bed all day, and more importantly do not lay with a pillow under your knees!

Many people want to rest after surgery, and there’s no question that sleep is an essential component of recovery. But to truly regain function and reclaim an active life, you will also need to get up frequently and work at your healing process.

To learn more about orthopedic knee surgery in San Diego, please contact our orthopedic surgeons today.

Shoulder Surgery and the Elite Prognosis

This fall has brought news of local legend Kobe Bryant’s now-certain return to professional basketball. Those of you following closely may be aware that Kobe has been slumping for some time now, and that whispers of retirement have grown louder in recent years. Add to this a mounting series of sports injuries both major and minor, and there was legitimate reason to question whether he would ever play again.

We can put those to bed. Kobe is back and planning to play all season. One interesting wrinkle for me as an orthopedic surgeon: Kobe has made a fast and, by all accounts, complete recovery following shoulder surgery earlier this year:

Kobe Bryant missed most of last season after undergoing surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff. This surgery forced Bryant to refrain from any basketball activities for nine months.

Progressing right on schedule, the Los Angeles Lakers star recently returned to the court to work on his shooting for the first time since his shoulder surgery.

It’s always encouraging to see the fruits of orthopedic surgery writ large in one of the major sports stories of our time, and especially gratifying to watch elite athletes show the world that steady dedication and rehabilitation can restore full motion and comfort to an injured rotator cuff within a few short months.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, shoulder discomfort or limited shoulder mobility, it may be time to visit your local orthopedic surgeon. Call the shoulder surgery experts today.