Pre And Post Surgical

Independent Physical Medicine

Regenerative Medicine & Pain Management Specialist located in Lima, OH

Why do I need a second opinion “Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.” https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/02/when-evidence-says-no-but-doctors-say-yes/517368/ Muskuloskeletal and orthopedic conditions in regards to patient safety in surgery have historically suffered from a lack of physician-driven initiatives 4. The Physician is largely at fault, however, the patient is responsible for the final decision in their own care, and while most are aware that a second opinion is a valuable tool to use when making decisions about their health, many ignore them and approve procedures with inherent risks and side effects based on one opinion. We offer Pre Surgical Consultations and second opinions because a medical error is the third highest cause of death in America. Following a medical exam and evaluations, you may receive recommendations for care that aim to help you regain your independence, fully live, and enjoy life for as long as possible, in the safest way possible.

Pre and Post Surgical Q & A

What does research show about the safety and success of surgical procedures?

  • RESEARCH estimate 33% of surgeries ARE UNNECESSARY.
  • The New England Journal of Medicine in 2009 stated that a common knee surgery for osteoarthritis “isn’t effective in treating patients with moderate to severe forms of the disease.” Yet, according to federal researchers, 985,000 Americans have arthroscopic knee surgery each year, and 33% (more than 300,000) are for osteoarthritis “despite overwhelming medical evidence that arthroscopic surgery is not an effective therapy for advanced osteoarthritis of the knee.” 
  • 85% of carpal tunnel is misdiagnosed and According to a University of Maryland Medical Center study, “CTS surgery does not cure all patients and because it permanently cuts the carpal tunnel ligament some wrist strength is often lost. A number of experts believe that CTS release is performed too often.”
  • Studies show arthroscopic meniscus procedures provided no significant benefit than fake surgery. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa1305189

Did you know a recent survey found 33% of surgeries to be unnecessary? And research has found exercise rehabilitative therapy to be just as effective in treating a torn meniscus? 

  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/22/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-america.html

3.https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160722093239.htm

4.1. Stahel PF.  Blood, sweat and tears — becoming a better surgeon.Shropshire, UK: TFM Publishing; 2016. p. 320. [Google Scholar][Ref list]

While the goal of surgery is to treat your injury or pain, and help you recover from pain, in some cases, discomfort lingers on. If you have post-surgical discomfort or stiffness, the pain medicine specialists at Independent Physical Medicine in Lima, Ohio, can help. They specialize in innovative treatment solutions for surgery that did not help with ACL or meniscus issues. Learn more by booking an evaluation through the website or by calling to speak with a team member directly.

How can a procedure contraindicated by science be so common?

  • Many people assume treatments and recommendations are backed by science and medical research.
  • Questionable Ethics by your provider who may be financially motivated to recommend the procedure
  • Patients that do not seek a second opinion do not hold the provider accountable
  • Patients that pressure the doctor because they don’t think they have any other options
  • A doctor that isn’t educated on less invasive procedures and thinks they know everything. 

Why do I have post-surgical pain?

It’s normal to have some post-surgical discomfort, stiffness, and swelling These types of procedures are designed to restore your knee function and help resolve pain, but it can take time for your injury to heal.

But if several weeks or months have gone by and you’re still experiencing post-surgical discomfort, it could be due to:

  • Bone inflammation (osteonecrosis)
  • Inadequate rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical arthritis 
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue
  • Systemic inflammation
  • Unsuccessful surgical procedure
  • New biomechanics that have made your posture and joints misaligned
  • Your body is experiencing interference from an unknown source and is unable to heal itself. 

It may also be possible that you reinjured yourself if you put too much weight on your knee too quickly after surgery. No matter what’s causing your post-surgical discomfort though, you have treatment options available for relief. 

When should I see a doctor for post-surgical discomfort?

Independent Physical Medicine is dedicated to helping you recover from post-surgical pain, inflammation, and stiffness. The team of medical providers encourages you to come in for an evaluation if you experience:

  • Persistent or Worsening pain
  • Redness or bruising
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Ongoing swelling issues
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Stiffness 
  • Weakness 
  • Rehabilitationsquar that is not progressing or helping

Whether it’s been a few months since your ACL or meniscus surgery, or several years, the team at Independent Physical Medicine can help you find an effective treatment solution. 

Is there an effective treatment for relief of post-surgical pain?

Absolutely. You don’t have to learn to get used to lingering pain after your procedure. To help restore your range of motion and promote healing, your practitioner at Independent Physical Medicine could recommend:

  • Stabilization with braces
  • Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation (TENS)  
  • Regenerative medicine treatments
  • Platelet Rich Plasma injections 
  • Low laser light therapy 
  • IV Therapy 
  • Rehabilitation or Physical Therapy

With a team of leading chronic pain specialists available at Independent Physical Medicine, you may also be able to get treatment for other types of post-surgical discomfort. In any case, the medical practitioners are available to evaluate you, conduct comprehensive diagnostic testing, and get to the root of why you have pain so they can tailor your treatment plan. 

If you’re suffering from post-surgical pain, the team at Independent Physical Medicine can help. Find out more by booking an exam either online or over the phone today.