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If you hear clicking sound in your knees while walking, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Our knees have cartilages inside of them which allow the knee joints to move freely. They also help absorb impact on knees while running or jumping. With time, these cartilages fall victim to wear and tear. When a large portion of these cartilages have worn away, you start feeling pain in the knees. This pain is an indicator that there is a gap in your knees which causes a click sound. The space in the joint becomes narrowed enough that it affects the joint’s range of motion. Movement and even simple tasks of standing up becomes difficult.

When this gap occurs, bones rub on each other which leads to severe pain in the knee joint. This gap can also be a result of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. This condition can be identified by different testing like X-ray, MRI, and Physical exam.

Let’s understand this condition better with causes and solutions.

Causes of gap in the joint:

One of the most common reasons for gap in the knee joint or joint space narrowing is overuse of your knee joints ,Arthritis. It also occurs as you grow older. The other common reason is obesity. Extra weight puts extra stress on the knee joint. Muscle weakness also contributes to joint space narrowing. Joint space narrowing can also be an early sign of osteoarthritis and it is also seen in the case of rheumatoid arthritis which is a type of arthritis where your immune system attacks your own body tissues.

How to treat this condition:

Treatment options depend on the severity and cause of your joint space narrowing. Yogasana helps in the beginning stages to relieve pain. It helps keep your joints flexible. If the intensity of the pain is higher, your doctor might prescribe you some pain killers. In the case of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, the pain might be relieved with medications like NSAIDs. These drugs help you do the routine work without causing more narrowing in the knees.

All of these solutions are temporary and only effective in the beginning stages of joint space narrowing. The only permanent solution for this condition is joint replacement surgery. In this procedure, an expert orthopedic surgeon removes the affected parts of the knee joint and installs artificial prosthetics.

Joint replacement surgery is a highly effective treatment in the case of joint space narrowing. It helps restore the mobility in your joint and relieve chronic pain. You need to have experienced surgeons helming the surgery to get the best results. Contact us for a highly effective joint replacement surgery now.

Written By : Radiance Hospital

If you’re thinking about doing hip replacement surgery, you need to be prepared for what comes after the surgery. Hip replacement is a life-changing surgery which substantially improves your quality of life. It helps you get back to your normal routine with no pain. Hip replacement surgery is usually done when any other Conservative treatment hasn’t worked quite well for your hip problems. This procedure completely removes the hip joint and replaces it with an artificial one made up of plastic, metal or ceramic. It is considered a minimally invasive surgery but you still need to take proper care after the surgery to let it heal.

Hip replacement surgery is a successful procedure with more than 90% success rate in India. The road to recovery is a long one but if you follow proper guidelines, there is no need to worry about it. These are some of the tips to recover from hip replacement surgery.

Make preparations at your home

Even before your surgery, prepare your home for your recovery so that you come to a conducive environment. You can take help from your family to rearrange your home to have a proper and easy access to everything. You have to remodel your bathroom in such a way that everything is reachable and the important things like the toothbrush are above waist-level. If possible, install western toilet in your home. Don’t jump into household chores when you arrive home after your surgery. Take some time off and take others help in those daily tasks.

Have a good mix of rest and exercise

It is a thin line to walk between rest and exercise. You would like to be in bed rather than doing exercises but it can be dangerous for you. It is important to rest to give yourself time to recover. But it is also equally important to do light physical movement. If you give yourself too much rest, your hip can become stiff which can hamper your recovery. It might increase the recovery time and raise more problems. Gentle exercises like yoga, short walks and stretches are highly beneficial.

Consult a physiotherapist for exercises

Exercise is very important to recover from hip replacement surgery but you have to be careful as wrong form and movement can be dangerous to your healing hip. You need to take help from a professional physical therapist who can guide you through the whole exercise regime. Physiotherapists are trained professionals who know exactly what kind of exercises would work best for you while monitoring your progress. They help you in exercises and also teach you stretches to do on your own.

Take some time off from work

This goes without saying but you need to take some time off to recover from your hip replacement surgery. You need to allow yourself to recover fully before you get back to your work. If the work demands low physical stress, you can start by doing little things but it is advisable to give yourself rest and rehabilitation as advised by your doctor after your surgery. This period can be stretched longer if your job is physically demanding. One other thing to consider is how you travel to work. An alternate way can be considered if the way to work is too bumpy.

Focus on eating well not more

If you’re sitting down all day, it is understandable to feel bloated. Focus on eating good and wholesome meals rather than junk food. A balanced diet is very important for recovery. Healthy diet improves your overall health and helps your body heal. Eat a wholesome meal having all the important nutrients like protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Do not attempt to lose weight at this stage. You can always lose weight when you’re fully recovered.

The road to recovery might seem long and hard but it is on you to follow it properly. If you follow all the precautions given by your surgeon, you will be back to your normal days in a very short time without having any complications. At Radiance Hospitals, surgeons provide complete pre and post-operative care for all the patients. Contact us for hip replacement surgery now.

Written By : Radiance Hospital

How long do you think you have to wait to resume regular activities after a knee replacement surgery? Is it a week or a month? Truth is there is no universal answer to this question. There are however certain steps that you can follow to have a quicker recovery and get back on the saddle as soon as possible.

Knee replacement surgery is primarily done to relieve pain and restore mobility in patients. There is a road to recovery after the surgery. Let’s see the four stages of recovery after knee replacement surgery.

  • Right after surgery: It is surprising to hear but the recovery process starts right after you’re done with your surgery. Patients may require to stay in the hospital for two to five days after surgery (depending upon single or bilateral knee replacement). The hospital staff will manage with proper medication and initial physiotherapy. This phase kick starts the recovery process.
  • Physiotherapy: Your doctor will refer you to a physiotherapist during the hospital stay and after discharge. The physiotherapist has in-depth knowledge of rehabilitation and recovery after surgery. He will work with you to increase your mobility. He might also give you some exercises to do at home so you can do as much as you’re comfortable with.
  • At home: Majority of the recovery process will be done at your own home. You are supposed to physiotherapy/exercises in the beginning. You need to focus on balance and stability first. Then you can do simple movements like standing up, sitting down, walking between rooms, etc. You need to ease into your routine life.
  • Normal exercise routine: This is the final phase of the recovery process. In this phase, you need to get into a regular exercise regimen and normal physical activity. This phase is recommended after about 8-12 weeks of the surgery. But it is advisable that you do it at your speed. Your joint might not be fully recovered for up to a year after surgery.

These four phases of recovery are not stringent by time. You can stretch or shorten the phase by your comfort level. You need to be prepared after your knee replacement surgery for what to expect afterward. Radiance hospitals not only do the surgery with expertise but also helps patients get back into a normal routine after the surgery with the guidance of a Joint replacement surgeon and physiotherapist. Trust the experts of Radiance hospital for your knee replacement surgery. Contact us to book an appointment.

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According to the article in mint by Michelle Fay Cortez, Bloomberg, 40% is the reduction in risk of death and heart complications for patients with diabetes and obesity who have undergone weight-loss surgery.

The various kinds of weight-loss surgeries help you lose weight and lower your risk of medical problems associated with obesity.

Let’s take a quick insight into the types of weight loss surgery and its benefits:

Sleeve Gastrectomy

In this procedure, the surgeon removes approx. 60 to 70% of the stomach and what remains is a narrow sleeve which connects to the intestines.

Since this procedure does not affect intestines, the body absorbs food due to which the person does not fall short of nutrients.

Gastric Bypass surgery

In this procedure the stomach is divided into two parts by the surgeon. The upper stomach is then connected directly to the lower section of the small intestine. In short, a shortcut is created for the food, bypassing part of the stomach and small intestine.

Weight loss in Gastric Bypass surgery is quick and almost 50% of the weight is lost after the first 6 months of the surgery.

Gastric Balloon/Intra-gastric Balloon System

In this procedure, a deflated balloon is placed in the stomach through the mouth. Once it is placed properly, it is filled with saline solution that provides a sense of fullness thereby curbing the hunger.

Gastric balloon/Intra-gastric balloon system does not require more hospital stay. The balloon is temporary, stays for 6 months to 1 year (2 types of balloon available – for 6 months and for 1 year) months and a person loses approx 12 to 17 kg of the body weight in the first 6 months.

Which Weight Loss surgery is the best?

A person should opt for a weight loss surgery depending on his/her BMI, Medical condition, comorbidities, and body type.

The best advice and guidance can be given by an expert and we at Radiance Hospitals are equipped to make sure you do not face any hassles while going for a weight loss surgery.

Written By : Radiance Hospital