Pain-Free Recovery Made Possible
Injuries can happen no matter a person’s skill level or type of activity. Rapid recovery surgery gets many people back in the game as soon as possible. Combined with a fully integrated health team, many return to mobility safely and efficiently. Professional athletes often tap into simple yet effective rapid recovery strategies to heal quickly. However, everyday patients can benefit from rapid recovery strategies pioneered by professional athletes. A successful rapid recovery comes with less risk and pain and better mobility overall.
1 – Lower risk
Powered by today’s medical technology, rapid recovery surgery offers less risk than traditional surgery. Whenever a procedure requires keeping body parts exposed, such as with conventional open surgery, the risk of infection increases. Minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy and arthroscopy, limit the risk to the patient. By leveraging medical technology, doctors remove any need for large incisions. As a result, rapid recovery surgery allows for an earlier discharge home, a better range of motion, and improved clinical outcomes.
2 – Better mobility
Rapid recovery minimizes pain while limiting the physiological impact on the patient. Mobility-boosting surgeries, such as joint replacements or tendon repairs, require the patient to move within hours of surgery. Over-the-counter painkillers can be utilized to manage pain before and after the procedure, allowing patients to mobilize as early as possible after the procedure. Patients are encouraged to get out of bed and walk approximately 2 hours after surgery, shortening the healing process while prioritizing low costs to patients. Since patients don’t stay overnight in the hospital after a rapid recovery surgery, both care centers and patients get to keep charges low.
3 – Less pain overall
The rapid recovery approach to surgery hinges on the patient’s ability to distinguish good pain from bad pain. After recovery, less pain overall is to be expected. During recovery, good pain feels like a mild burn, generally lasting a day or two. Ignoring signs of a serious injury can equate to ignoring or misdiagnosing an improperly healing wound. Severe pain, swelling, loss of function, and tingling act as signs of bad pain. Patients may report muscle damage and pain if the muscles, tendons, and joints experience too much stress too fast.
A rapid return to mobility
Most patients are not professional athletes. However, many patients can benefit from utilizing athletic strategies for a faster recovery. Patients can drastically speed up the road to recovery by wasting no time getting moving after surgery. Real recovery depends on physical therapy sessions and discipline with assigned exercises.