If you are having orthopaedic surgery, your doctor will ensure that you receive the support you need both before and after the operation. You will be able to contact your orthopaedic surgeon at any time if you have questions or concerns about the procedure.
Knowing what to expect is important when you are preparing for orthopaedic surgery. The specialist will explain the procedure in detail and ensure that you understand both the risks and benefits. You will also get advice on preparing for the surgery. Your orthopaedic surgeon may suggest making some lifestyle changes such as giving up smoking or losing excess weight in order to ensure that you get the best results from surgery. You may also be advised to perform some exercises to boost your strength and mobility before the procedure. The doctor will also tell you about any other steps you need to take before surgery, such as changes to your medication or avoiding eating and drinking.
Before you have surgery, the doctor will ensure that you know what to expect after the procedure and how long your recovery will take. You will therefore be able to make any arrangements that are necessary, such as taking time off work or getting someone to help at home. Recovering from orthopaedic surgery can take weeks or months, so it is important to be patient and follow your doctor’s instructions. You will usually need to spend some time resting at first. You will need to take good care of your surgical wounds and watch out for any signs of infections or other complications. As your body heals, you will gradually be able to move more. You should follow your doctor or physiotherapist’s advice to ensure that you recover your mobility as well as possible. You will also be invited back for follow up appointments as necessary.