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Tue, 26 Jan 2021

Should I have my hip or knee surgery during COVID-19?

outpatient total joint replacement | Miller Orthopedic Specialists

This is a question and concern for many patients right now. First and foremost, your safety and wellbeing is our primary concern. Deciding to have surgery is a big decision in itself, but when you are in pain and missing out on your quality of life, it’s not necessary to delay it because of COVID-19.

It is still the perfect time to move forward with your joint replacement. If you delay, there is the possibility of increasing your symptoms and pain and perhaps further deterioration of the joints or weakened muscles that surround them. One of the ways to move forward more safely is with an outpatient joint replacement. Dr. Boese explains, “Staying out of the hospital is now more important than ever. Protect yourself and have your surgery in a facility where you don’t have to worry about COVID-19 or infections.”

Outpatient Total Joint Replacement Surgery

Outpatient total joint replacement surgery is now more common and is often preferred for a minimally invasive alternative. At Miller Orthopedic Specialists, our physicians provide same-day total joint replacement surgeries at the Advanced Surgery Center. This facility does not treat those sick with COVID-19, and every precaution is taken to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure the facility remains a safe environment for patients and staff. Click here to read more about their specific safety measures.

What are the advantages of outpatient total joint replacements?
  • Avoid patients sick with Covid-19
  • Recovery is quicker
  • You can go home the day of your procedure
  • You can recover comfortably and safely in your own home
  • You’ll save money
  • Your risk of infection is reduced

Outpatient Same-Day Total Joint Replacement is what we do, and we’ve been successfully leading the way for several years in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area. Dr. Boese is a highly regarded surgeon, fellowship-trained at John Hopkins University, and is a recognized leader specializing in total joint replacements, specifically outpatient and minimally invasive hip and knee surgeries.

Schedule your appointment at one of our clinic locations to see if you are a candidate for outpatient total hip replacement surgery or total knee replacement surgery.

Fri, 04 Dec 2020

Winter Sports Injury Prevention Tips

Sports Medicine Physician | Miller Orthopedic Specialists

The weather may be getting colder, but many athletes are warmed up for winter sports. Injuries don’t have seasons, so it’s important to understand how to take care of your body to prevent them.

Skiing & Snowboarding

When you are speeding down a hill, there are all kinds of hazards. Your head, knees and arms are all at risk of injury during this activity. To help reduce your risks, follow safety tips including:

  • Make sure you have learned the proper form and technique
  • Ensure your gear is properly fit
  • Choose ski runs that match your ability
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated
  • Don’t push yourself if you are tired
  • Wear a helmet
  • Stretch before skiing
  • If you do begin to fall, go with the momentum of your fall and avoid using your arms to break your fall

Sledding

As with skiing, sledding dangers are related to going at a high rate of speed down a hill. Most of the injuries that happen from sledding are from running into objects and falling off the sled. Concussion is the most common injury along with contusions and broken bones. A few sledding safety tips include:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Make sure your path is clear
  • Be sensible with your speed and the sledding location
  • Sit in a forward-facing position to control the steering – sledding head first is not a safe choice
  • In the evening, only sled in well-lit areas
  • Dress in layers for extra protection and warmth

Ice Hockey

Hockey is considered a collision sport. Injuries can happen from contact with other players, the stick, the puck and the boards. Injuries that can occur include sprains, strains, tears, fractures, dislocations, concussions, muscle pulls, broken teeth and spine injuries. With an extensive list of potential injuries, it is imperative to take precautions. Here are a few tips:

  • Ice hockey requires protective equipment, be sure that it fits properly and is not damaged
  • Have basic ice-skating skills mastered such as skating both forward and backward
  • Be in good physical condition at the start of hockey season
  • Always take the time to warm up and stretch
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
  • Understand the rules of ice hockey and play safe
  • Injuries should be assessed and treated as soon as possible
  • Avoid leading with your head if you are about to collide
  • Cool down and stretch after a game or practice to help reduce the risk of muscle pulls

Ice Skating

Ice skating is enjoyed by many in neighborhood rink outings to competitive figure skating. Ankle sprains and fractures, wrist injuries, head injuries and ACL tears are some of the frequently reported injuries in this sport. You can help increase your safety while ice skating by:

  • Making sure your skates fit properly
  • Stretch and warm up your muscles
  • Learn the correct form and pay attention to your balance and posture
  • Don’t attempt difficult tricks if you haven’t been trained
  • Be careful of chips in the ice and other hazards
  • Avoid putting your hands out when you’re falling to protect your hands and wrists
  • If you are not a strong ice skater, wear a helmet to protect your head

Although winter sports injuries are common, they are also preventable. Following safety principles like these will help you to prevent injuries and still have fun. Speak with a sports medicine physician if you’re injured or have any concerns about injuries or preventing them. Request an appointment online or call us at 712-323-5333.

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