Surgery of any kind can be a frightening experience, so it is comforting to know that orthopedic procedures are fairly common; in fact, it’s expected that there will be a record 6.6M orthopedic surgeries occurring annually by 2020. Still, it always helps to hear from experts about what to expect and from patients about their experiences. So, we’ve done your homework for you, and scoured the internet to find some top resources that can be of value both before and after surgery.
If his last name sounds familiar, that’s because Eric Heiden wasn’t always an orthopedic surgeon—in fact, he earned more medals in a single Olympics for speed skating in 1980 than any previous athlete participating in the games. Not one to rest on laurels, Dr. Heiden went on to win the U.S. Cycling Championship and competed the Tour de France in 1986. It wasn’t until then that Dr. Heiden received his orthopedic surgeon calling, his true “life’s work.” Today, Dr. Heiden practices in Park City and Salt Lake, Utah, where his sports background helps him connect with his patients, many of whom are athletes themselves. Dr. Heiden’s blog covers a broad variety of topics, but unsurprisingly is often sports-related (4 Reasons for Knee Pain During Cycling; Elbow Injuries: An Epidemic in Baseball), making it ideal for today’s athletes.
Undergoing surgery can be frightening, but this site demonstrates how powerful it can be. Here, you’ll find videos from people just like you discussing their experiences with orthopedic surgery and how it has improved their life. Hear from Lauren Mitchell about her spine surgery, James Mazur about his knee replacement, and many more. You’ll also find tips from others who’ve undergone the same surgery you may be embarking upon, as well as video advice from orthopaedic surgeons on how you can maintain better bone and joint health, avoiding injuries, and navigating your recovery. General news and about orthopedic conditions (What is Sciatica and How Do I Know if I Have It?) and treatment options can also be found within these pages.
Prefer a podcast to reading? A physical therapist and performance enhancement specialist, Mike Reinold answers your questions about physical therapy, fitness, strength and conditioning, sports performance, and more. Tune in regularly or check out his archive, including podcasts such as Does Posture Really Influence Pain? and Strength Training After Surgery.
A nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Domb specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, shoulder, and knee. He’s treated a number of professional athletes, including Rashied Davis and Corey Wootton of the Chicago Bears and Atari Bigby of the Green Bay Packers; he’s also cared for the Los Angeles Lakes, Dodgers, Kings, and Galaxy. But despite these brushes with fame, Dr. Domb provides the same expert care to patients from all walks of life and this is apparent in his blogs. Protecting Your Young Athletes from Injury, for example, aims to help parents keep their children safe while engaging in sports, while The Importance of Prehabilitation Prior to Hip Surgery focuses on steps you can take to prepare for surgery.
Offering hundreds of articles, videos, and other resources, OrthoInfo was developed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to give patients and others all the information they need to make informed decisions about their health care. Visitors to the site will find in-depth information about symptoms, causes, treatment options, and the prevention of orthopedic problems. From rotator cuff tears to carpal tunnel syndrome, Preparing for Your Doctor Visit to Weight Loss and Joint Replacement, this site covers all the bases.
National Public Radio, or NPR, has been creating and distributing award-winning news, information, and music programming to a network of over 1,000 public radio stations across the United States. You’ve probably tuned in at one time or another, or perhaps you’re a regular listener to popular programs like Morning Edition or All Things Considered. But did you know they also cover orthopedic news? This archive of stories, most of them in audio format and under 5 minutes, covers health insurance issues, what to do when an replacement device fails to work, surgeries that have been called into question, and more.
When you’re properly informed about orthopedic surgery, it can make the procedure a lot less intimidating. Of course, no resources should become a substitute for the one-on-one advice your own physician provides, so don’t leave any of your questions or concerns unanswered. Also, be sure to follow our blog: we’ll keep you up-to-date on new orthopedic technologies, including our own BandGrip, an innovative and non-invasive new wound closure method designed for speed and ease of use. Ask your doctor about BandGrip before your surgery.