Recovering from Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery

October 11, 2018

Recovering from Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery

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There are minimally invasive orthopedic surgery alternatives that everyone should consider when treating an issue with surgical solutions. We recommend minimally invasive options as much as possible since there are numerous benefits that include:

  1. There are fewer risks with the procedure itself
  2. Patients can typically recover at home instead of in a hospital
  3. Patients have a faster recovery time, since there is less trauma to the body

What kind of surgery alternatives are there?

Some orthopedic injuries can be repaired without costly and painful surgery.

For instance, for pain in joints like the elbow, knee, or rotator cuff, tendon damage can be repaired with a Tenex procedure. The Tenex procedure uses a small ultrasound imager to spot damaged tissue and a tiny needle to remove that tissue.

A Sonex procedure, on the other hand, is ideal for patients with painful carpal tunnel problems. It uses a Sonex Microknife and ultrasound imaging to make a small incision (up to five times smaller than the normal incision) to repair the damaged area.

Another helpful tool for orthopedic surgery alternatives is the VisionScope. The VisionScope is a diagnostic tool that allows the patient and the doctor to monitor a patient's healing process in real time.

Any of these options (and more) help treat orthopedic pain with minimal pain and recovery time.

Minimally invasive orthopedic surgery alternatives are ideal for active people

We recognize that a lot of people who need orthopedic procedures have suffered a sports injury. This does not mean that most of our patients are professional athletes. To the contrary, they are regular men and women who injure themselves while doing things like exercising at the gym, playing a game of basketball on the weekend or participating in their town's local softball tournament.

It is possible to sustain an injury when doing pretty much any type of athletic activity, regardless of how competitive it is. When this happens, it is necessary to find treatment and our treatments make it possible for our active patients to get out and back in the game as quickly as possible.

Of course, our clinic treats plenty of non-athletes, those who have suffered injuries from any number of origins. 

It is possible to return to an active lifestyle

One of the concerns that patients normally have is whether or not they will be able to return to their normal and active lifestyle. This is especially true for people who go to the gym every day or tend to spend their weekends on the golf course.

Fortunately, with minimally invasive surgery alternatives we can confidently say that it is possible to return to activities after recovering from the surgery. In fact, the more active and physically fit a person is before the procedure, the greater the likelihood that they will be able to recover faster because their body is simply in good condition.

Anyone who would like to read more information on the statistics of this should read the spinal outcome research trial completed by the North American Spine Society, as one example of recovery after these minimally invasive procedures.

Set realistic goals

Still, it is important to set realistic goals and to take things in stride. Pushing oneself too quickly can cause a delay in recovery so it is important to follow any recommendations after the procedure.

Goal 1. Plan for a week of rest

It is important for patients to take a week off work and plan to get some rest before doing any busy or intense activities. While a full week is not always necessary, the general rule of thumb is that spending a week relaxing is a wise idea.

Goal 2. Follow the recommended guidelines for limited activity

The physician and physical therapist will make recommendations for limited activity and exercises that can be done to help speed recovery.

Goal 3. Within eight weeks, people can resume most activities

In the majority of cases, within eight weeks after completing the right exercises for strengthening, a person can return to an active lifestyle.

Learn more about your options

Visit or call our office today to learn more about minimally invasive orthopedic surgery alternatives, what the procedure will look like and what the recovery process is. Then, we can answer specific questions about a lifestyle based on the type of sports or exercises that you like to participate in.

Request a dental appointment here: or call Apex Sports and Regenerative Medicine at (732) 385-2739 for an appointment in our Tinton Falls dental office.

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