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Friday, 16 June 2017

Multi-modal pain management helping knee replacement patients gain early mobility

Osteoarthritis, caused by the diseased joints, can disrupt your life and turn you from the most active person to an energetic person in no time. So, seeking medical counseling on time is important for all patients. When you visit an orthopedic surgery in Delhi you would be provided some medications, but the doctor would claim in the same breath that knee replacement surgery is the most effective cure for your case. After some perseverance with the medications, and when the pain does not go away, you have to finally opt for the knee replacement surgery and get a date for the same from a reputed surgeon. In most of the scenarios, the problem for the patients starts after this. Once the surgery is done, there is a lengthy recovery time needed before the patient can get back into normal life. So, there is no improvement in the psychological crisis the patient has been suffering from.  

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All this can change with the modern approach towards the knee replacement surgery, which many surgeons have already embraced. What keeps the patients from walking and moving around freely is the fear of pain. The pain is generally managed with the help of drugs and has been done so for many decades now. But, the new approach to pain management treats the pain of every patient differently. Every human has a different set up and they feel pain in a unique way. The multi-modal pain management seeks to understand the different types of pain experienced by sets of patients and attend to the problem likewise.  

In simple terms, some pain can be managed more effectively for certain patients (mostly over 60 years of age) with the help of injections, while for the younger lot drugs might suffice. Based on medical history and general health, the knee replacement surgeon looks to fix on a pain management procedure for the patient. The drugs and their dosage are fixed likewise, leading to faster pain recovery. Some orthopedic surgeons in Delhi are even of the opinion that choice of anesthesia has a big bearing on the pain management schedule. It has been seen that operations done with the use of local anesthesia lead to quicker pain recovery than ones with general anesthesia.

With effective multi-modal pain management the patients are able to start walking around from the next day after surgery and even attend physical therapy sessions two days after the surgery. Now, that is a quick enlistment to the standard of life! 

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