PATHWAY TO SURGERY
Paul Stevenson 72, English Channel Swim,
7 months post HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY
It's important to understand what may be involved in your upcoming surgery.
Here's our step-by-step guide.
When you make an appointment, you’ll get to meet with one of our orthopaedic specialists who will
discuss your specific injury. Following your appointment, the team will discuss possible complications,
risks, and surgical approaches specific to your case, drawing on their collective expertise,
to decide on the best treatment option for you.
1. FIRST CONSULTATION
What’s involved with a hip or knee surgery? Do you really need a total hip replacement? Will having a knee replacement enable you to enjoy a pain free active lifestyle again?
Answering these and other questions will be part of your consultation with our team of orthopaedic surgeons at Vincent Pallotti Hospital.
Please bring x-rays, referral letters and medical aid details to your appointment.
2. PREPARATION FOR SURGERY
Preparing for surgery needn’t be stressful. We will help you with everything you need to know before your procedure. All patients should not eat nor drink 6 hours prior to their operation.
These important steps are what you need to know leading up to surgery:
3. DAY OF SURGERY
All our surgeries are performed in a dedicated orthopaedic theatre at Life Orthopaedic Hospital, Cape Town.
Here is what you need to know to prepare:
5. HOME CARE
As an added service to you, Cape Hip and Knee Practice provides you with an experienced clinical nurse who will instruct you about your wound care and dressing to try and avoid the need to travel into hospital for wound inspection after 2 to 3 weeks.
The initial few weeks after surgery are vital for your recovery and it is important that you know what you need to do to get mobile again and make the best recovery possible.