Since the goal of doctors is always to return people to their previous level of function before their injury, the treatment choice for a femoral neck fracture is a total hip replacement. It tends to have the lowest re-operation rate and the least amount of pain associated with it postoperatively. The rewards or the outcomes associated with a hip replacement for a femoral neck fracture in the right person far outweigh the risks associated with performing the procedure.
Richard E. Johnson, MD
Location and Office HoursDartmouth-Hitchcock Specialty Medicine
Nashua, NH 03063
- Cheshire Medical Center
- What are the benefits of a hip replacement for a femoral neck fracture?
What should I know about cancer surgery and its possible after effects?
LIVESTRONG answeredSurgical cancer treatment means removing cancerous tissue from the body. Surgery may be used to confirm the presence of cancer cells by taking a sample of tissue (biopsy). It is also used to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Sometimes surgery is used to reduce the size of a tumor (debulk the tumor) before using other therapies to eliminate the cancer. Surgery can also be a way to implant a device (port) for administering treatment medications.
The growth of a tumor can damage healthy tissue and kill normal cells. Damage can also occur when the healthy tissue around a tumor is surgically removed to be certain that all of the cancer cells are gone. Surgery can affect muscles, bones, nerves and organ systems, depending on what part of the body is operated on.
The risks of aftereffects of surgery have been reduced over the years. Less invasive surgery is now used for many types of cancer. This generally results in less scarring than what occurred in the past.
Possible aftereffects of surgery may include:
- Scarring at the incision site and internally
- Lymphedema or swelling of the arms or legs
- Problems with movement or activity
- Nutritional problems if part of the bowel is removed
- Cognitive problems such as memory loss, learning, concentration, and processing information
- Changes in sexual function and fertility
- Pain that may be acute (sudden), long-term, or chronic
- Emotional effects that may be related to feeling self-conscious about physical changes -- even if the changes are not visible to others
Newer surgical methods generally help limit damage to normal tissues. Methods of reconstructive surgery can now help reduce noticeable physical changes. Even when a radical approach is needed, advances in surgical techniques and technology have dramatically reduced long-term effects.
Is it dangerous to pick a scab?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredPicking a scab is a bad idea. Think of these hard, reddish patches on the skin as nature's bandage. Scabs form over wounds to protect against germs while your skin heals. Picking a scab can leave a wound unprotected. Let a scab fall off naturally, which will usually occur in about a week or so, when healthy skin has reformed over the wound.
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