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GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PATIENT SURGERY


Welcome to OPS elective orthopaedic procedures. This is a private -public partnership scheme with the NHS aiming to offer joint replacements to patients who are suitable for surgery. If you choose OPS you will be cared for in an innovative way under the Orthopaedic partnership.


BEFORE YOUR SURGERY


The preparation for surgery should begin several weeks ahead of the date of the surgery. It is recommended to perform activities, which will increase body strength so your ability to use crutches will improve.

As we have mentioned previously urinary tract infections are sometimes common, especially in older people and in particular women, and can often go undetected.

In addition a small infection in a toe or a small ulcer, infected tooth may be a possible source of infection for the new joint, therefore, it will be appropriate well before surgery for the patient to see their General practitioner or Nurse practitioner at the surgery to check that there are no significant medical problems.

Making preparations for surgery should also be the time when we think about your recovery at home following surgery. There will be some extra help needed for the first couple of weeks. We must also think about how to get to the hospital and who will get us home. There may be some need for help with dressing, getting meals, etc. Discharge from the hospital is likely to be one week after surgery, but not everybody's energy's levels will be returned completely by then.

Therefore assistance from someone at one may be necessary, but not always possible. It may be necessary to organise friends and or relatives to help, or indeed if necessary, a social worker can be contacted so arrangements can be made for your recovery period.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR X-RAYS & RECORDS

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