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McSurgery

Wandering around the Bristol Regional Medical Center last week, I had time to notice things. A sign in the window of the “Short Stay Surgery” department caught my attention. It read “Hip and Knee Replacements Check in Here.” When did body part replacements become “short stay” surgical procedures? Fairly recently, it seems.

What Are Recent Advances in Knee Joint Replacement Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has revolutionized knee replacement surgery as well as many fields of medicine. Its key characteristic is that it uses specialized techniques and instrumentation to enable the surgeon to perform major surgery without a large incision.

The “specialized techniques and instrumentation” involves taking an MRI and sending it off to the computer folks, who custom design a cutting plan for the patient’s knee. This allows the surgeon to make a much smaller incision, with the corresponding reduction in trauma. The result is quicker recovery for the patient. People are now further along in the recovery process at four weeks then they would have been in six months using the traditional method. 

What was once science fiction is now a routine procedure, upgrade available.

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Bristol Regional Medical Center

Bristol Regional Medical Center

Gerda’s first helicopter ride was on Easter Sunday. Unfortunately, it was to the Bristol Regional Medical Center where she was admitted to the Medical Intensive Care Unit after suffering a seizure that evening. She is home now and I expect she will fully recover.

I learned a lot during the time Gerda was in the hospital, and hope to write about some of this here. But probably the most important thing to come of all this is the realization that I am not ready, willing or able to go it alone. Thankfully, I won’t have to today.

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