What To Expect

Your doctor will take a full history including medical history, perform an examination and assess the X-rays you bring and determine whether other X-rays or other investigations are needed before a final decision can be made. Please make your doctor aware of any allergies to medications or metal allergies you have.

Your medications will be discussed and in the event that surgery is to proceed, then the medications that can be continued and discontinued will be outlined to you.

Discussion will also take place regarding the need for blood transfusion or blood products.

For patients with pre-existing medical problems, discussion will also take place regarding whether medical Specialist follow-up prior to surgery is necessary or not. Your doctor will take the opportunity to write to other Medical Specialists if he feels that this may potentially impact on your surgery or its outcome, for example, diabetes, heart problems, respiratory problems and vascular problems.

If you smoke, ideally, it should be cut down or preferably ceased prior to surgery.

Have any problems with infection or wounds, cuts or ulcers cleared prior to surgery. A surgery date may be given and your doctor may check on you just prior to that surgery date to see if the skin site for surgery is clear so that operation may take place through as normal skin as possible. This is in order to minimise the risk of infections.

Your doctor will also ask you regarding your home situation, particularly whether you have dependents at home and whether you are cared for or are the carer of those people. It will also assist us in determining whether aids or appliances may be necessary for your post-operative care.

If you live in a two-storey home, then consider whether you can make provisions for living entirely on one level once you leave the hospital.

Survey your home and surrounds and look for any areas that have the potential for falls or trips after your surgery and if minor repairs are necessary, then proceed with those.