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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Recovering from an Orthopedic Procedure in Oklahoma City

After an orthopedic procedure in Oklahoma City, many patients wonder what to expect in terms of their recovery timetable. At our office for orthopedics in Oklahoma City, we strive to help patients have as short a recovery period as possible, with a minimal amount of pain and discomfort. Depending on the severity of the condition and the location and type of surgery, recovery from an orthopedic procedure in Oklahoma City may take from a few weeks to a few months and varies on an individual basis. Learn more about what to expect with your own recovery period.

Immediately Post-Surgery

During the first day and several days after surgery, the area that was operated on will need to be kept immobilized with the use of a splint, cast or sling to promote healing and prevent any further injury. During this period, many patients receive prescription pain medication or written instructions for pain relief and cleansing of the surgical site. Most doctors will schedule a follow-up visit about 48 to 72 hours after surgery to check on the healing.

Recovery from Minor Procedures

For minor orthopedic procedures, most recovery periods last just a week or two. During this time, resumption of routine activities should follow the doctor's written orders in order to avoid pain or injury to the area. Patients may receive instructions for exercises to perform at home to aid in the healing process and regain strength and flexibility to the surgical site.

Recovery from Major Procedures

After a major orthopedic procedure in Oklahoma City, patients may need several weeks to several months to fully heal. We will put patients in contact with an approved physical therapist to assist with regaining of the full range of motion, strength and flexibility at the surgical site. Patients will also receive instructions from the therapist on exercises to perform at home to aid in the recovery process. In some cases, patients may need to use mobility aids and ergonomic devices such as crutches, walkers or specialized office equipment to help with the healing process.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oklahoma Neurosurgery You Can Trust

Neurosurgery is a medical specialty that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of conditions that affect the spinal cord, peripheral nervous system, and the brain. Our experts offer Oklahoma neurosurgery services to patients seeking relief from the chronic pain that plagues their daily lives. Consider these benefits to Oklahoma neurosurgery procedures for the treatment of back pain due to a variety of causes.

Technology

In the practice of neurosurgery, we take advantage of the most advanced technology to pinpoint the exact location of pain. This allows us to focus treatment on the precise area causing the discomfort. Our neurosurgeons use technologies including magnetoencephalography (MEG), positron emission tomography (PET scans), stereotactic surgery, computerized tomography scans (CT scans) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders that cause back pain. For patients, this means less invasive and more accurate procedures as well as a shortened duration for recovery.

Techniques

Neurosurgery for back pain offers relief when conservative treatments have failed to do so. Our Oklahoma neurosurgery specialists perform procedures such as diskectomies for patients with herniated spinal disks causing moderate to severe pain when conservative treatments such as steroid injections have done little to reduce the discomfort. In patients with lumbar spinal stenosis, our neurosurgeons offer decompressive laminectomy, which involves removal of a small amount of bone tissue to reverse narrowing of the spinal canal. We also offer surgical decompression, disk fusion and instrumentation to relieve back pain in patients who have not responded to conservative treatments.

Recovery after Neurosurgery

After our Oklahoma neurosurgery specialists perform a surgical treatment, we refer our patients for physical therapy to aid in the healing process. Through physical therapy, patients are able to regain strength, flexibility and range of motion. Physical therapy can reduce recovery time and help prevent further injuries that exacerbate pain. We involve patients throughout the entire treatment plan so that patients can get the best results for relief from back pain.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Fact or Fiction - Can Using a Cell Phone Cause Cancerous Tumors?


Health officials from all medical backgrounds including those in Oklahoma neurosurgery have concluded that there is no cancer risk associated with cell phone usage. That does not mean that research into the potential risks has stopped or that the debate isn't ongoing, in fact it’s been quite the opposite. Scientists continue to assess the potential links to cancers of the nerves, brain and other tissues in neck and head from cell phone use. And some scientists continue to raise concerns over the risks of prolonged, long-term cell phone use.

Since 2000 the number of cell phone users has witnessed a phenomenal increase in users with estimates globally at over five billion users; 303 million in the United States alone. With the number of users increasing so too has the length of time that people are using their phones on a daily basis.

Cell phones emit what are called radio frequency energy, or radio waves that are a form of radiation, but non-ionizing radiation. Your body tissues near to phone will absorb these waves. Unlike medical-x-rays, which have ionizing waves, which is linked to a cancer risk, there is no substantive evidence linking non-ionizing waves to cancer. 

The one effect on your body from  non-ionizing waves is an increase in heat but cell phones cannot generate enough heat to increase our body temperature. What research has shown is that when a person is on the phone for at least 50 minutes, the side of the brain closest to the phone metabolizes more glucose than tissues on the other side, but the effects of this increase in glucose metabolism are not yet known.

Much of the evidence linking cell phones to cancer is anecdotal and therefore does not arise from extensive scientific study. Studies to date show the opposite conclusion. In order for non-ionizing waves to cause cancer they would have had to cause damage to a cell's DNA and to date this has not been evident. Even recent studies of people with tumors that have used their cell phones for 20 years have concluded that there is no link between cell phone use and cancer, including lymphoma, leukemia and tumors. Doctors specializing in neurosurgery, concerned as they are with the nervous system particularly the brain, are just one group of medical professionals undertaking these studies. 

Scientists from important institutes like the American Cancer Society and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that there is no conclusive studies to show a relationship between cell phone use and debilitating health concerns like cancer. Nonetheless, the American Cancer Society recommends that if you are concerned about your health and cell phone use, limit your exposure by using an ear piece.

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