Dr. Douglas Dedo, MD

3 Common Surgeries You Might Need In Your Retirement

infectionsWhen you reach the age of retirement, there’s a chance you’ll need one or more medical procedures to maintain your quality of life. Though you’ve maintained a healthy life so far, with older age comes the threat of deteriorating health. Unfortunately, many people forget to save for medical expenses as they prepare for retirement. As you prepare for yours, here are some common health procedures you may need to get in the future.

Knee surgery

Over the years, wear and tear takes a toll on your joints, especially your knees. If you have led an active lifestyle that involved sports such as running, basketball, tennis, or skiing, then your knees may already be suffering. In addition, you may be feeling the pain of arthritis. Some knee surgeries include replacing the entire joint, called a total knee arthroplasty. The procedure includes two prosthetic pieces that are implanted on the shin bone and femur.

Knee surgery is designed to improve knee function, but this can result in a weaker knee that’s more prone to damage. Though an artificial knee is less durable (your skiing days may be over, sadly), the surgery can improve quality of life in many ways.

Balloon sinusplasty

If you suffer from chronic sinus infections, you might want to think about undergoing a balloon sinusplasty. Repeated infections in the throat and sinuses can cause headaches, pain, and diminished quality of life. Sinus infections start when bacteria becomes trapped in the sinus cavity. Though it isn’t caused by a cold, cold-like symptoms can exacerbate the issue by trapping still more bacteria in the sinuses, causing a nose infection.

A balloon sinusplasty can relieve regular pains and headaches associated with a sinus infection. As such, you’ll experience an easier time breathing, less pain, and smell more clearly. For more information on balloon sinusplasty options, contact your local Palm Beach Ear, Nose and Throat doctor today. Over 95% of people who have undergone the surgery claim that they have felt relief.

Hip surgery

Your hip is essentially a natural ball-and-socket joint. It’s especially prone to damage as you age due to its near-constant use. As your bones become more fragile as you age and the cartilage surrounding the joint begins to deteriorate, falling can break your hip or dislocate it from its socket. In addition, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis are two of the most common reasons a hip surgery is needed in retirement.

These are just some of the common surgeries you may need as you approach the age of retirement. Before choosing to undergo any of these surgeries, it’s important to consult your doctor regarding the recovery time for the procedures.