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 6.5 million 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.
12 Resources for Orthopedic Patients Pre- and Post-Surgery
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.
If you’ve had, or are considering, knee replacement surgery, this is the podcast for you. Hosted by PJ Ewing, a member of the executive team at Halley Orthopedics, episodes revolve around knee recovery, therapy, and more. It tackles pre-surgery preparation, what happens during surgery, and life after surgery. Recent episodes include Dancing Two Months After Knee Replacement Surgery? and Travel After Knee Replacement. Patients and practitioners alike have sung the podcast’s praises, calling it “incredibly valuable” and “a marvelous creation.”
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 Lakers, 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.
Whether your a reader or listener, Dr. Cole has something to say! A top shoulder, elbow, knee, and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Cole is an “NBA Team Physician of the Year” who has worked with Chicago’s Bulls, White Sox, Fire, and Dogs professional sports teams as well as DePaul University. On air, his segment is regularly featured on Sports Medicine Weekly on 670TheScore Chicago Sports Radio. You can find recordings on his site, with topics ranging from the differences in sports injuries between men and women and ice versus heat for recovery, or follow him at 670TheScore. You can also subscribe to his blog, dedicated to helping the weekend warriors, the elite athletes, coaches, trainers, therapists, and parents of youth athletes, here.
Dr. David’s weekly show, which is available through an iTunes subscription, focuses on sports injury treatment, prevention, and wellness, with topics ranging from Can Standing Throughout the Day Help You Lose Weight? and Are Low-Impact Exercise and Sports Bad For Your Bones? Dr. David also likes taking questions from his listeners. If you want to ask a question about an injury or comment on a topic in an upcoming episode, he welcomes submissions. Rather read? In addition to the podcast, Dr. David also regularly posts blogs on a variety of topics which you can access here.
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 completed 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.
Hear how helpful orthopedic surgery can be from people just like you! This site features videos from orthopedic patients discussing their surgery experience 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 orthopedic surgeons on how you can maintain better bone and joint health, avoid injuries, and navigate your recovery. General news and information 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.
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 a replacement device fails to work, surgeries that have been called into question, and more.
One of the most respected orthopedic practices in the Midwest, OrthoIndy provides leading-edge bone, joint, spine, and muscle care from multiple locations through Central Indiana. Now, you can gain insight into the topics that concern you through their blog. There are nearly 450 pages of content, with more coming regularly, so you’re sure to find answers to your question, whether it’s How Do You Tell if a Wrist is Broken or Sprained? or How Much Should You Walk a Day?.
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.
This podcast, hosted by Jessie Mundell (mom, kinesiologist, and fitness coach to pregnant and current moms) and Anita Lambert (mom, pelvic health, and orthopedic physiotherapist) provides information and education on fitness, the pelvic floor, fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and women's health. The podcast prides itself on offering a space to have candid and vulnerable conversations on the struggles and joys of motherhood, including all aspects of our physical, mental, and emotional health.
12. The Closing Word
Not to toot our own horn, but the BandGrip blog features two stories of interest per week, many focused on orthopedic surgery. Recent patient-specific stories include Meet your Surgical Team in the Operating Room, Pre-Hab: How Pre-Surgery Exercise Benefits Patients, and Ten Questions to Answer Before Considering Surgery. Subscribe today and have blog updates sent straight to your inbox.
When you’re properly informed about orthopedic surgery, it can make the procedure a lot less intimidating. Of course, no resource 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 ask your physician about BandGrip, an innovative and non-invasive new wound closure method designed to reduce scarring and infection, while improving ambulation.