An orthopaedic surgeon is a highly trained doctor who specialises in surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system.
Seeing a physiotherapist is usually a good idea if you’re having orthopaedic surgery. Physiotherapy can help you to regain your strength, flexibility and mobility as fully as possible. Your orthopaedic surgeon may recommend seeing a physiotherapist to help you prepare for surgery and during your recovery.
Surgery isn’t always the best option, so your doctor will only recommend it when it is right for you and you are fit enough for the procedure. If other treatment options are available, the surgeon may recommend trying these first.
Treatments such as medication, physiotherapy and changing the way you perform certain activities can sometimes be enough to ease pain and improve mobility. If you have a condition such as arthritis, you will also receive treatment that may help to tackle the underlying cause of your joint problems.
All surgical procedures carry a low risk of complications such as blood loss, allergic reactions to the anaesthetic, and infection. Other risks of orthopaedic surgery include continuing joint pain, stiffness and nerve damage. Your surgeon will explain the risks in detail before the procedure.
Arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery. The surgeon makes several small incisions through which the procedure will be performed, using a long, flexible camera called an arthroscope to see inside.
Having joint replacement surgery should help to improve your mobility so it should enable you to be more active. In most cases, you should be able to return to your usual exercise routine as long as you follow your doctor’s instructions during recovery.