Here is a question for you… have you ever considered replacing a body part or doing some form of corrective surgery? We all have something we wish was just a little different. Ok, for some of us a lot different. Growing up our parents would tell us to be happy with who we are and that nobody is perfect. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it’s what's inside that counts, people love you for who you are. How many times have you heard those statements? Yet, some of us throw all of that out the window so we can feel and look better.
I think each individual has the right to change what they want if they feel that is what's best for them. Who are we to judge? We have no idea what is going on in their minds, so if it’s important to them then we should be supportive. Sometimes if we just act as a sounding board then the people we care about may change their minds about making the change. I have put together a few things that I have seen or experienced when it comes to replacement and/or corrective surgery. You will notice a little “tongue in cheek” with some of them, but others really are necessary for certain individuals. If it’s a question of your health and being pain free then yes, take the plunge and make it happen. The funny part is those who procrastinate when it comes to certain replacements are so glad when they finally have it done.
Eyes – it’s nice when we get to the point in our lives where the extra dollars can be used to enhance our quality of life. It truly amazes me that more and more people are able to have corrective eye surgery so they don’t have to wear glasses. Don’t get me wrong glasses are okay for most, but some people are extremely active and it’s nice to have the option. Because our eyes change as we age, the type of laser eye surgery or other vision correction we need also may change. Certain approaches to LASIK or other procedures that work well for younger adults, for example, may be inappropriate for older individuals. Once again, do your homework and research to make sure it is what you want and that you are comfortable with the professional doing the procedure.
Hips and knees are two parts that we may not want to replace but have to. The funny thing is the majority of the people who get it done are so glad they did. The secret is finding a good surgeon who can help you transition and make the right decision at the right time. The other thing one must factor is wait times for surgery, if you think it’s time then get your name on the list, the longer you wait the more pain and suffering you will endure. The other thing to keep in mind is getting your weight down or keeping it at a reasonable level. Excess weight is brutal on anyone who has hip or knee problems.
Here are some of the comments people made after they had it done:
“I am practically running as I power walk in the morning these days. So great to feel good,”
“It feels so good to be able to put my socks and shoes on again all by myself.”
“I am 3 months post op, right total hip replacement and I am pain free!!!”
Excess fat – we all know that getting rid of excess fat as we get older is hard. Our metabolism slows down so we have to work harder, eat better and be more pro-active. If you want to be the “yummy mummy” or the guy without the “gut” then you know what I am talking about. We all know that the best way to keep the bulge at bay is exercise and eat less junk food, but reality is different for each and everyone of us. Let’s be honest, not all people like to exercise on a consistent basis and ice cream is our BFF certain times of the month. So how do we lose that unwanted body fat? Some people have turned to surgery or even a new procedure called “cool sculpting” This is great for common areas such as: abdomen/belly; love handles and muffin tops; back fat; inner thighs/outer thighs; banana rolls; excess male chest fat. Once again the key to any successful procedure is doing your homework, check online to see how other people liked or disliked it, and ask questions.
So how many body parts has Laurel had replaced? Those of you who know me well enough can answer that question. Dallas, my youngest always jokes around that his mom is the “bionic woman.” Like I said in the beginning, each of us is different and at the end of the day the person who knows what you need is you. So if you have something you want or need to replace then make it happen, but do your research and make sure you have the best man or woman to do the job.
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