This is a general description of the average course of events before, during and after surgery. Reading this carefully may help answer many of your questions, allay some of your fears, and in general, allow you to be a better-informed participant in your care and rehabilitation. Your actual experience may differ slightly depending on your particular injury, physical capabilities, the time of your surgery, and other such circumstances. We do strive to continually update our techniques and protocols, so as to provide you with the safest, most effective and reliable treatment available.
Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are very common in sports. When an ACL is torn, the patient-athlete must decide whether to let it remain so or to have surgery to repair it. Both choices are acceptable ones, depending on the particular desires and expectations of the patient. The purpose of this information is to help you decide which treatment is best for you.
- Your Follow Up Appointment: A follow up appointment should be made to see Dr. Jabbour between 2 and 10 days following surgery.
- Your Bandages and Taking a Shower: The dressing may be removed after 2 days. It is better to keep the incisions dry and to apply Band Aid. Do not get the incisions wet for at least 3 days following surgery. Do not soak your leg in bath water for at least 1 week. It is normal to have yellowish discoloration around your incisions. This is from the special betadine solution used during surgery. Do not attempt to scrub it off.
- Walking After Surgery: Your knee may be numb for about 6 hours following your surgery. Use your crutches to keep your weight off it for at least 6 hours following your surgery. You may then safely put as much weight as you can tolerate on the leg, unless otherwise instructed. You will probably want to use the crutches for at least a few days following the surgery.
- Activity After Surgery: Try to rest the knee or ankle as much as possible for the first week, and limit the amount of walking and standing you have to do. When you are resting, elevate the leg on some pillows or a chair to limit the amount of bleeding and swelling in the joint. It is recommended to move the knee or ankle unless instructed otherwise.
- Pain Medications: You will be given prescription for pain medicine such as Lortab or Darvocet Narcotics, which can cause drowsiness, light headedness, stomach upset or constipation. Nausea is not uncommon in the first 24 hours if the medicine is taken on an empty stomach.
Heat stroke deaths still occur in high school football and college wrestling. It can also occur in other sports during the hot summer months. Environmental heat-induced deaths can be prevented. In recent years, educated coaches have significantly helped in decreasing the incidence of heat-related deaths in athletes. This article will detail some of the causes of dehydration and heat illnesses as well as preventative measures that the athlete, his family and the coaching staff can undertake.
Due to severe and sometimes irreversible side effects to anabolic steroids, athletes are constantly looking for a supplement to boost their performance. Bodybuilders consider creatine as the most effective supplement to increase muscle mass. There has been concern among sports medicine specialists that creatine has kidney adverse effects and that long-term safety is not known.