There are three phases when it comes to orthopaedic surgery. You might see it as a single procedure, but the surgeon sees it as three, all that are vital to your recovery. The phases are the pre-surgical phase, the surgical phase and the recovery phase. Here, we look at tips for 2 overlooked phases, the pre-surgical phase, and the recovery phase.

 

Why you should use Icing during your Pre-surgical Phase

The time immediately after an injury is very crucial as it determines how your recovery will proceed. One of the best therapies is to use ice.

Orthopaedic injuries including sprains, strains, tears, and bruises can benefit from icing. This is because it reduces pain, swelling, and compression, which promotes faster healing and reduces discomfort. However, you have to make sure you apply the ice the right way for it to be effective.

You need to select the right icing. A bag of frozen corn or peas will do the trick. Next, you have to apply it in the right place. Press it against the part that is injured, but make sure there is a thin piece of cloth between the ice and your skin – you wouldn’t want the ice to irritate your skin. Don’t press too hard, just compress slightly.

The ice has to be applied for the right amount of time for it to work. However, this will depend with the amount of tissue at the point of injury. The ice pack has to stay at the point of injury long enough to slow down the flow of blood, but not long enough to cause damage to your tissue. It is recommended that you compress it for 25 minutes or less. Do this 5 times a day for 3 days to get the best results.

 

Post-Surgical Advice

After orthopaedic surgery, you need to have safety features in your home so that you can prevent further injuries from happening. An injury after surgery can take you back to square one. Make sure you install rails, buy a wheelchair, and have other devices that will help you move around.

If you stay in a storied home, make sure you reduce your trips upstairs. Alternatively, you can try to bring everything you need in one central place so that you don’t move around so much.

All these help prevent any additional injuries from happening, which can worsen the condition.