Friday, June 7, 2013

Dr. Harold Rees, an Orthopaedic surgeon, with WJOL radio

Dr. Harold Rees, an Orthopaedic surgeon, says the desire to help people is what brings people to the field of medicine. Dr. Rees was drawn to Orthopaedics because he feels a great sense of satisfaction in seeing his patients get back on their feet and return to their normal life.

He feels that there is more orthopaedic surgery these days because many people want to remain active as they get older. He talks about how in a hip replacement the surgeon removes the ball part of the hip and replaces it with a man-made ball that connects to the femur bone. This can be made of different materials, either plastic, ceramic or metal. Younger people often receive the ceramic-on-ceramic joint because they last longer. Older patients usually receive the metal or ceramic on plastic joint.

It usually takes about 3 months after a hip replacement surgery for a patient to feel like they can walk around pretty well. Hip replacement patients can do just about any activity after this surgery, but running and jumping are discouraged.

Dr. Rees also explains how a new technique in surgery called the anterior approach speeds up recovery because none of the muscle is cut. With knee surgery, patients often feel that recovery is more involved.

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