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9 Commonly Used Surgery Terms and What They Actually Mean

NPO, arthro, outpatient…? What qualifies as a clear liquid? The healthcare world is full of abbreviations, acronyms, and terminology that the people who work in healthcare may use every day, but that patients may hear for the first time only when they need surgery. Here are 9 medical terms commonly used at BOSC and their…

Who’s On Your Surgical Care Team?

When you schedule a surgery at Bellin Orthopedic Surgery Center (BOSC), there are a lot of people who become involved with your care besides your OSMS physician and the nurses that work with him in the clinic. Some of them you will meet as you prepare for surgery or during your recovery. Others work behind…

Brand Names vs Trade Names

It is common to be prescribed medications by your physician after surgery. Pain, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and antibiotic medications are the most common. However, in today’s marketplace, there is a large amount of brand and trade names for each medication which can cause confusion. Here is a list of commonly prescribed medications (at the surgery center)…

Arthro, Lapro … what?

Clarifying confusing surgical terminology: Arthroscopic Surgery – The word “arthroscopy” comes from the Greek words ‘arthro’ and ‘scope’, meaning ‘joint’ and ‘look’, respectively. When an arthroscopy is performed, a camera is inserted into the joint through an incision approximately one centimeter. The camera is attached to a light source and displays a picture of the…

What Pain Medications Will I Receive After My Surgery?

Recovery time will be faster and more tolerable with the use of pain medication. Upon admission, a pre-operative nurse will discuss allergies and past pain medications with each patient. This is done to understand what medications have or have not worked in the past for that particular patient. The OSMS surgeons most commonly use Vicodin…

Weight Bearing Restrictions After Surgery

Often after surgery on the hip, knee, or ankle the physician will order specific weight bearing restrictions. NWB – Non Weight Bearing TT – Toe Touch Weight Bearing <10lbs WBAT – Weight Bearing as Tolerated If these restrictions are ordered by the physician, they will be reviewed with you before you are discharged home. Additionally,…

Medical Terminology Deciphered: NPO

NPO…what? NPO is a medically approved abbreviation that means NOTHING BY MOUTH. The abbreviation is based on the Latin translation of nil per os meaning nothing by mouth. Prior to scheduled surgery, it is recommended that the patient has nothing by mouth (no food or fluid) for a minimum of six hours and preferred eight…

Why do I need Physical Therapy after surgery? The surgeon fixed my injury, right?

Yes, the surgeon did fix the injury, but there are two major reasons why patients need physical therapy after surgery. 1. Retraining the Body. While many injuries are due to a single incident such as falling, other times your injury is due to overuse, repetitive motions, muscular compensations, and imbalances.  Surgery fixes the problem and physical therapy…

Why Can’t I Use My Cell Phone?

“Please no cell phones beyond this point,” is a common statement in a medical setting. Many do not understand why, but the main goal of this rule is to better the patient experience. There are three main reasons behind this rule at BOSC: – Patient Privacy. Curtains give rooms and families a sense of privacy,…