Preparing for surgery and after-care
Getting prepared for surgery
One of the benefits of being treated at our hospital is the ‘one-stop-service’ of your outpatient appointment. Where possible we will complete any pre-treatment tests there and then, to save you making multiple trips, and our anaesthetists and rehabilitation team will assess you at the same time.
Your outpatient appointment is also an opportunity for you to meet the consultant who will perform your treatment. Feel free to ask any questions you wish – you may even want to write these down ahead of your appointment. They will explain any special preparations you may need to make before your treatment.
On the day of your treatment, wear something light and comfortable, so you’re as relaxed as possible.
If you’ll be staying with us, you may want to bring personal toiletries, nightclothes, comfortable footwear, something to read, and any medication you routinely take.
After-care following your surgery
When you leave the hospital after you’ve had your treatment, you’ll be given full details of your follow-up care. We will inform your GP that you’ve been discharged from the Treatment Centre, and day case patients are telephoned the day after their surgery to check that they are recovering well.
It’s crucial to rest and take care of yourself after your treatment.
If you have any worries or concerns, please call us at any time on our Patient Advice Line (01246 575045) to speak to a member of the clinical team. This helpline is designed to ensure that your recovery is as speedy and successful as possible, so please use it as much as you need to.
Care UK also offers a free app for physiotherapy exercises involved in preparing for and recovering from orthopaedic surgery. Pocket Physio can be downloaded on iPhones.