The Naked Truth about Hip Replacement Surgery

 

No matter how hard a person tries to take care of his body, it is bound to succumb to ‘wear and tear’. This is especially true as one age. All too suddenly, you start feeling and looking differently. Lines start appearing on your face, gray hairs start growing amidst your head full of hair, hairlines start receding, skin starts sagging, and nimble limbs and bones become fragile and brittle.

Speaking of fragile bones, though, it seems people, regardless of age, are prone to certain conditions affecting their bodies. Arthritis, rheumatism, and the likes are just some of these. Sometimes, arthritis affects a particular part of the body and creates unbearable pain, that the only possible solution is surgery.

For instance, a painful hip joint might be an indication that a person has hip arthritis. If this condition worsens, hip replacement surgery would be the only way out. That sounds downright scary, doesn’t it? However, this procedure wherein a surgeon surgically removes the arthritic hip and replaces it with an artificial joint made from metal and plastic components is usually the last recourse. The doctor would advise this when all other options have failed to alleviate the pain caused by the arthritic hip or the patient would risk not being able to walk properly (if at all) ever again.

Now you’re probably wondering how this procedure is normally done. Well, it’s actually up to the patient. He may choose to undergo the traditional procedure or he might want to consider a minimally invasive technique, which differs from the other mainly because of the size of the incision. The standard procedure requires an 8-10 inch incision along the side of the hip while the newer technique requires one to two incisions that are 2-5 inches long. Moreover, with the newer technique, there is less blood loss, reduced scar appearance, more bearable pain post-surgery, shorter hospital stay, and faster recovery. Nevertheless, if the patient wants to find out more about the surgery in the hopes of making the right decision, it would be best if he watched a hip replacement surgery video first.

Just like any other surgery, general anesthesia is administered during the standard hip replacement surgery to put the patient in a temporary deep sleep. The numbing agent would keep the patient from feeling any pain once the surgeon makes an incision along the side of the hip and moves the muscles that connect to the thighbone to expose the hip joint. The thighbone will then be sawed off to remove the ball portion of the joint. Afterwards, the surgeon will attach the artificial joint to the thighbone using cement or a specially formulated adhesive that allows the remaining bone (the real one) to attach to the new joint.

The surgery doesn’t end there. The surgeon still needs to prep the surface of the hipbone to remove any damaged cartilage (if there is any) and attach a replacement socket part to the hipbone. Then, he will insert the ball portion that was attached earlier into the socket part of the hip. In case of fluid buildup, the surgeon would make sure to drain it well before reattaching the muscles and closing off the incision.

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fit, just hip perfect

Post-surgery, a patient may have to stay in the hospital a maximum of six days with a wedged-shaped cushion between the legs to keep the new hip in place. To make sure that the replacement hip is working as it should be, physical therapy commences the day after surgery, and within days, the patient may start walking again using crutches or a cane. However, he should continue with the physical therapy for weeks or months after the surgery to strengthen the artificial hip.

The doctor may advise the patient to refrain from doing certain activities or limit bodily movements for anywhere from six to twelve months after the hip replacement surgery. While this may seem uncomfortable and may put the patient out of his comfort zone, it is imperative that he listens to the doctor’s advice as it is for his own good.

Nevertheless, there are certain things a patient and his doctor must watch out for after surgery. For instance, the legs of the patient may not be of equal length anymore after the surgery. Crossing the legs or sitting too low may be dangerous, too, as both movements may dislocate the joint. Severe breathing problems may also occur when pieces of fat in the bone marrow become loose, enter the bloodstream, and get into the lungs. The replacement parts may also be prone to infection. Therefore, it’s important that the patient talk to his surgeon about the possible risks before fully deciding to undergo the hip replacement surgery.

 

Dental Care

 

You can avoid tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer and other dental diseases by maintaining a proper daily regimen of eating a balanced diet and brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. In addition to doing your part to protect your teeth and gums, it is important to visit a dentist to have a thorough teeth cleaning periodically. As long as you regularly take the proper measures to protect your teeth, you can prevent undergoing scrupulous dental procedures.

Seeing a dentist on a regular basis is one of the most valuable ways to promote optimum health. Most people visit the dentist for basic cleaning every three to six months. However, certain groups of individuals, such as smokers, diabetics, individuals with cavities and those with periodontal disease may visit the dentist more often for specialized treatments. As a whole, a dentist performs safe dental treatments to enhance a patient’s overall oral health.

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In addition to seeing a dentist for regular cleaning, tooth extractions, root canals and more restorative procedures, many people also opt to visit a dentist to correct uneven or discolored teeth. You may be interested in enhancing your smile or simply desire to feel more confident with the look of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is a very popular way to ensure that you maintain a great smile as well as have healthy looking teeth.

During your consultation, your dentist will discuss with you the benefits of preventive care and disease prevention. After your examination, the dentist will recommend the best dental treatments. Without proper dental treatments, certain oral diseases can dissolve the tooth enamel, cause oral cancer and tooth loss. Also, some dental treatments serve to reverse certain oral diseases, such as periodontal disease. At certain stages of this gum disease, proper dental treatments can completely restore your gums to an overall healthy condition.

If you live in Little Rock, there are many resources for you to locate a great dentist. Whether you are looking for cosmetic dentistry or seeking to visit a dentist for preventive care, you will find some of the best dentists that use state-of-the-art technology. Find a Little Rock Dentist at dentalways.com.

 

I Shall Be Fit!

 

It’s the New Year’s resolution heard around the world: This time things will be different! I’ll go to the gym twice a week! I’ll say no to the office doughnuts!

If you’re among the many individuals aiming for new and improved fitness in 2014, here are a few tips to making your resolution a reality.

1: Start Small

Don’t wear yourself out before you even begin. Take baby steps and ease yourself into a more rigorous fitness routine. Did you know that walking offers the same health benefits as jogging as long as you do it consistently?

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lotsa water

2: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

It’s actually a myth that you should drink eight glasses of water a day, but hydration is still critical for the active individual. Most people don’t even realize they’re dehydrated when they are; they write it off as exhaustion, lethargy, lack of motivation, et cetera.

3: Say No To Drugs

With the exception of multivitamins or anything prescribed by your doctor, you should avoid over-the-counter diet pills and “fitness aids.” They’ll just wreck havoc on your body’s natural balance.

4: Distract Yourself

Listen to music when you’re working out; catch up on your favorite show while you’re on cycling machine. You might surprised at how much you can accomplish when you’re not thinking about how tired you are every three seconds!

5: Get The Right Equipment

You won’t be able to run anywhere without a comfortable and durable pair of sneakers. You won’t be able to track your improvement without something like a pedometer or heart monitor. Visit this site to learn more.

6: Reward Yourself

Keep yourself motivated by establishing clear goals and rewarding yourself every time you exceed them. They can be little things, like extra dessert for an extra mile, or you could go all out, splurging on a vacation or cruise if you reach your goal weight. The sky’s the limit!

7: Change Your Habits

Everyone has heard of the old “take the stairs instead of the elevator” trick, but what about parking further away from the store during a grocery run? How about replacing one cup of coffee a week with a healthy smoothie? Little changes can turn into lifelong routines.

8: Share Your Fitness Goals

Tell your family and friends about your plans for a newer, better you. Making yourself accountable for failure is a great way of staying on track. You’ll also enjoy a built-in audience when you eventually reach all your goals!

 

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

 

If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.” William Ewart Gladstone, a British Liberal politician who served as Prime Minister four separate times in a career that lasted 60 years, spoke these words almost 200 years ago.

To this day, though, his words hold true. There’s just something about tea, making it the perfect, all-around, go-to drink of many. While others prefer a cup of steaming Joe, others would kill for a cup or a glass of tea, whichever way it is prepared.

There are many tea variants available, but one that has quickly become a favorite is green tea, which originated from China. According to Wikipedia, green tea is made from the leaves from Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. It has many variants that differ substantially due to variable growing conditions, horticulture, production processing, and harvesting time.

Sencha Green Tea with some ginger.

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Aside from its taste, green tea offers many benefits, which is probably why it’s a favorite among many. For one, the Chinese people have used it as a medicine for thousands of years. It is known to lower blood pressure, and in many cases, have been proven to prevent cancer, too. The way green tea is processed has a lot to do with its health benefits – it is able to retain the maximum amount of antioxidants and polyphenols, as it doesn’t go through a stringent fermentation process, if at all. Moreover, an amino acid that is found in tealeaves, Theanine, is known for its relaxing and tranquilizing effects. This is why you feel calmer after drinking tea and why green tea is a good cure for depression.

Here are some more of the amazing benefits of green tea:

Drinking green tea increases the metabolism of a person, thus, aiding in weight loss. It contains polyphenol, which works at intensifying the levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which food ingested by your body is converted into calories.
Green tea prevents diabetes as it helps regulate a person’s glucose level, thereby slowing the increase of blood sugar after a full meal. Hence, rapid rise of insulin is prevented.

A green tea a day keeps heart disease at bay. According to scientists, regular intake of green tea is good for the lining of blood vessels. It helps keep the blood vessels stay relaxed and helps it withstand changes in blood pressure better. In addition, green tea can protect blood from clotting, which is the number one cause of heart attacks.

Generally, green tea is widely thought to kill cancer cells without causing damage to the healthy tissue around these cells. Nevertheless, green tea has quite a reputation for reducing the risk of esophageal cancer, which is the sixth most common cancer in men.

Green tea is known to improve the good to bad cholesterol ratio in the blood and ultimately reduces bad cholesterol for a healthier you.
Studies conducted showed that green tea has the ability to protect brain cells from dying and can even restore those that are already damaged. This means green tea can delay (or perhaps eliminate) the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Green tea contains the chemical antioxidant called ‘catechin’, which can destroy bacteria and virus that cause tooth decay, throat infections, and other dental conditions.

Apparently, green tea can slow down the aging process because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.

Hence, if you want to get rid of wrinkles, combat the signs of aging, and just be generally healthy, make sure to drink green tea regularly.

Heaven in a cup. matcha latte

Matcha Latte may have half the effect but it’s still healthy, get yours with low-fat milk!

Twelve Twitter Accounts to Keep You in the Know About Public Health

 

Today, people are able to chose how and where they receive news and information, and are increasingly able to personalize the content to suit their own interests.

One of the easiest ways to receive and digest a lot of personalized information quickly is through subscriptions to topic-specific Twitter feeds. Twitter is a social media and micro-blogging site that enables users to send and receive short messages of less than 140 characters each. Often these messages (called “Tweets”) can contain links to larger works online; articles at websites, videos, photo collections. You may access twitter.com from any device that can connect to the internet, including computers, tablets, and smart phones. Twitter has designed a smart phone app which makes it easier for users and subscribers to access the service on smaller screens.

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Knowledge about what’s happening in the public health arena can be facilitated by subscribing to certain Twitter feeds, and checking them regularly for topics of interest. Through Twitter friendly apps like Hootsuite, you can construct lists of particular types of feeds in order to scan dozens of messages rapidly to look for information relevant to you.

Ten Twitter accounts you should be following:

@publichealth – the official feed for the American Public Health Association

@CDCemergency – the voice of the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Disseminates information to the nation regarding health emergencies.

@CDCflu – also from the Center Disease Control, regularly sends out  information during the flu season.

@FDArecalls – tells the public about food recalls on a timely basis

@amednews – the news and information source for physicians. Distributes information that impacts medical practices.

@wsjhealth – health, healthcare, biotech, medication information from the authoritative Wall Street Journal.

@teamnutrition – the United States Department of Agriculture started this initiative to work on the problem of improving children’s nutrition in the US.

@Americancancer – the stream of the American Cancer Society, which regularly issues information to help educate the public on issues regarding cancer.

@safekidsusa – works to prevent injury to small children; offers tips and advice for parents and caretakers

Among institutions that regularly use Twitter to disseminate information, you’ll find some of the nation’s most prestigious:

@johnshopkins – offers news and information regarding the various units of the medical school

@HarvardHealth – authoritative information that draws from the expertise of the 8000 physicians of the Harvard Medical School and its affiliated world class hospitals.

@healthglobal – Centered at UMass, this stream focuses on global health issues, international health technology, and public health.

You will be able to find a feed that parallels almost any interest you have in the public health segment, whether its a particular medical specialty, a medical condition, news from clinics, hospitals, and public agencies, and even employment feeds for doctors, nurses, clinicians and support personnel.  If you can find out if they have an online MSN, you can take another level of trust in what they say.

You can find your topics of interest by using Twitter’s simple search box, located at the top of the main Twitter page; alternatively, you can use a search engine like Google or Bing, and enter your term in the search box, proceeded by a “hashmark” (#). Hashmarks next to a term is how Twitter is able to present an index of particular topics.  As an example, if your interest is something like “measles”, you would enter “#measles” or “Twitter measles” into the search box to find applicable streams of information from Twitter.

 

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