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At Thornapple River Orthopedics, we understand that patients are often apprehensive about surgery and likely have questions – please, ask away! It’s important that you learn as much about your procedure as possible. We are happy to provide answers and calm any concerns you may have so that you feel confident and comfortable with your procedure and treatment plan. Here are a few questions we are frequently asked. If you have any others, please don’t hesitate to contact our helpful and caring staff.

When should orthopedic surgery be considered?

There are many conditions and injuries that benefit from orthopedic surgery, including joint and chronic pain in the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, feet, ankles, hands and wrists. We will exhaust conservative (non-surgical) options first, but will recommend orthopedic procedures if these measures do not provide relief.

What is arthroscopic surgery?

One of the most common types of surgeries performed today, this is a minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to view, diagnose, and treat joint problems through just one or two small incisions. It is performed by inserting an arthroscope, which is a narrow tube with a tiny light and camera on it, allowing the surgeon to see inside the joint via an image displayed on a large television monitor. Specially designed instruments can then be used to repair the damaged joint.

How long will it take to recover?

Recovery time varies, depending on a combination of factors including severity of the problem, type of procedure, age, lifestyle and adherence to post-surgery instructions. Recovery can range depending on patient and procedure or surgery. We will discuss your procedure and expectations prior to surgery and help you formulate a recovery plan that ensures you get back to doing the things you love as soon as possible.

Will I need physical therapy?

Physical therapy is often beneficial in speeding up recovery and assisting you in regaining range of motion, strength and function. We will help you to determine if PT is right for you.

Call us to schedule an appointment today: 616.266.9100