Elective Surgery

Elective Orthopaedic surgery is carried out in a scheduled/planned process usually after a patient has been seen in outpatients by the Orthopaedic surgeon. Some patients will be admitted as inpatients, others will attend as a daycase and go home following surgery.

Many patients having Orthopaedic surgery have an implant inserted such as a joint replacement or a plate/pin. For this reason there are several infection control precautions taken to reduce the risk of patients developing infections. This may include screening for conditions such as MRSA, use of antibiotics in theatres, use of theatres with specialist air flow and ensure patients are kept warm during surgery. Patients are also given advice leaflets (click here) regarding wound care and should contact the staff in the unit if they have any problems with their wound following discharge.

As most elective Orthopaedic surgery is carried out to improve function and provide pain relief, the team are focused on ensuring a speedy and complication free recovery for our patients following surgery. Wound infection rates are monitored and remain at a very high standard. Patients are also assessed for the risk of a venous thrombo embolism (VTE) or clot, and will be given medication, stockings etc for prevention of clots. Advice leaflet re clots is available here. Patients are also encouraged to mobilise early to prevent complications such as clots, or chest infections. To assist with this the staff is committed to ensure each individual patient has adequate analgesia to manage any post-op pain and to allow rehabilitation to be encouraged.

Some advice regarding planning for discharge will be carried out at the pre-assessment clinic for those patients having major procedures. This will allow for patients to ensure that they have arranged support as required for a short time following discharge after surgery.