Posted by: wockhardthospitals | September 29, 2009

Surgery minus the Trauma

Arthritis can have significant physical and psychological repercussions that impact quality of life. Gender as a predictor of outcomes of arthritis has evoked considerable interest over the decades.

Women of all ages bear a disproportionate burden of arthritis and its impacts compared to men and it is the most common and disabling chronic condition in Indian women. Women tend to have a lower age at onset than men. They also have greater levels of pain and disease-associated depression. Differences such as pain levels and functional status may stem from the inherent differences between the male and female musculoskeletal system. Given that woman is the “weaker vessel” concerning musculoskeletal size and strength and her baseline values are lower than men’s, the same burden of a musculoskeletal disease may appear to be more harmful to a woman than to a man.

Other things which may increase the risk of getting arthritis or of worsening your existing arthritis include being overweight, chronic stress across joints, multiple microfractures in the related bone, major joint trauma, or other metabolic or inflammatory injuries.   Because of the gender differences in arthritis incidence, hormones have long been suspected to have a role in disease origin and progression.

Despite its cyclical nature, arthritis is a progressive condition. If the symptoms are not stopped or slowed down with early treatment, it can cause extensive joint damage and long term disability. Many women with arthritis have difficulty carrying out normal activities associated with daily living, including simple things like standing, dressing themselves, going to the bathroom and carrying out household chores, climbing stairs, sitting on floor.

Minimal Access Surgery (MAS), or laparoscopy as it is better known, is the rage today. And for myriad reasons too. MAS brings with it a host of advantages:

It sometimes :

• Offers even better visibility than open surgery. This occurs especially in region like pelvis.

• It comes with a guarantee of betterquality-of-life post operation.

• It considerably minimises the postsurgery trauma, there by decreasing post-operative narcotic use and its complications.

• It brings with it the prospect of smaller and fewer incisions expediting the healing process.

• It reduces post-operative adhesions.

• It facilitates faster recovery.

• It enables quicker ambulation.

• Patients are able to return to their normal activities (such as going to school, work, play) faster.

• A child’s quick recovery allows parents to return to work faster.

• Reduction in the post-operative complications.

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