Practical ways to prepare for surgery
This will depend on what type of treatment you are having, but it is a good idea beforehand to think about what your limitations might be, and prepare your home or living space to make things as easy as possible for your return.
Go into your front door and walk around your home, imagining what it will be like with a temporary incapacitation. Is there furniture you can move to make getting around a room easier with a walker; can doors be left open if one of your arms is going to be in a sling; can rugs, or wires, or any other potential trip hazards be removed or tidied away?
There are many other ways in which you can make life easier for yourself while you recover from surgery, and these are best done in advance. Here are a few others practical ideas:
- Replace any broken light bulbs and generally make sure all rooms are well-lit
- Have handy a pair of easy-to-put-on shoes with good grip, particularly for when walking across slippery surfaces
- Put all of your regularly used items, such as remote controls, medications, and reading materials, in one convenient place
- Stock up your cupboards with essentials, and your fridge and freezer with easy-to-prepare meals
- Store food and any cooking utensils you use often in a cupboard that is at waist to shoulder level
- Think about where and how you wash; replace a shower door with a curtain and put a chair and a slip-proof mat in the shower
- If you can, add handrails in the shower, and next to the toilet
- Set up a bedroom on the ground floor, and make sure all the clothes you are going to use are easily accessible
- Wear an item of clothing each day that has large pockets, to put things in rather than carry them around
Rehabilitation and support
At One Orthopaedics, we believe in making your recovery period as straightforward and efficient as possible. We have a team of highly knowledgeable staff who will guide you through what can be a difficult time, particularly if you have an injury or are in pain.
We are committed to making sure all our patients are fully satisfied with their treatment. Your consultant will arrange appropriately timed follow up consultations in order to make sure you are fully recuperated and happy before you are discharged.
Monitoring patient outcomes
So that we can continually improve our service, we will ask you to be part of our Patient Outcomes Monitoring system. This is an online, fully-anonymised and GDPR-compliant scheme, which aims to monitor your body’s response to both the non-operative and operative interventions proposed by your consultant. This also helps us to make sure you are progressing as we would expect to, throughout your rehabilitation.
As part of this scheme, at your initial appointment, you will be asked to fill out an anonymised pre-operative questionnaire, about your current situation. You will then be sent online questionnaires, via email, at appropriate times throughout your treatment.
Your participation is entirely optional but your assistance is greatly appreciated as all feedback allows us to continually improve our quality of care.
Ongoing care and support
We are committed at to ensuring that all our patients are fully satisfied with their treatment. Your consultant will arrange appropriately timed follow up consultations in order to make sure you are fully recuperated before your discharge.