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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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