Orthopaedics frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect when I come in for my procedure?
You should expect to be seen as soon as appropriate after surgery by a member of the physiotherapy team, who will teach you any appropriate exercises and inform you of any precautions you will need to follow.  When appropriate you will be shown how to get out of bed safely, stand and sit in a chair.  When able you will be progressed onto walking.  You will be shown how to climb stairs safely with the necessary aids, if needed prior to discharge.

Will I be seen by a physiotherapist if I am not having surgery?
All orthopaedic patients are screened by the physiotherapy team, and will be assessed and treated if it is indicated to do so. 

What will I need to do to enable me to go home?
You will need to be mobilising safely with any necessary aids, prior to being discharged.  Depending on the procedure specific ranges of movement of joints may need to be achieved.

What will happen to be once I am discharged from hospital?
You may require further rehabilitation in a hospital setting, or further physiotherapy in an outpatient setting. Patients who, on assessment by a physiotherapist, are severely limited by their mobility may qualify for follow up by a community physiotherapist, but not in all cases.

If you are not able to walk long distances a wheelchair can be collected from the main entrance to assist you on discharge.

For any other information on your hospital stay, please click on the following link http://www.royalsurrey.nhs.uk/Inpatients

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