Patient FAQs

We have provided some commonly asked FAQs for you that should hopefully answer any questions you may have about your time in hospital. If you have a question that isn't covered here then please give us a call on 01977 664228 and we will do our best to help.

Pre Op FAQ's

What should I bring to a clinic appointment and what can I expect to happen?

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It is often useful to bring referral letters from your GP or allied health professional. Additionally, bringing your prescribed medications, and list of allergies can save time.If you have had previous treatment of the same complaint, any scans / test results or images can also be of use, and will help inform the new appointment with your consultant.

Your consultant will take a medical history, exploring your symptoms, and relevant past medical problems. You will be asked about any relevant medicines, allergies, and previous medical problems.You will be examined to explore the diagnosis. You may find it useful to bring shorts, vests and other clothing that make exposure of your body and assessment easier.
Often patients will have X-rays to look at bones and joints, and a treatment plan will be discussed.

What if I need further tests or studies?

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Your consultant will discuss diagnosis and further imaging with you. Tests may include blood tests, usually organised the same day, or scans that require a further visit.

CT scans involve X-rays taken from a number of different angles, circling around a small couch.

MRI scans involve medical strength magnetic fields, and your consultant will ask about conditions that may make this investigation unsafe.

You will then receive a further appointment to see your consultant back in clinic to discuss results.

What is pre-assessment?

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Patients listed for an operation are sent to pre-assessment. This allows one of our nurses to explore and document your prescribed medications, past medical history, and perform some simple tests such as blood pressure and pulse.

The idea is to prepare you for the day of surgery, allowing planning of anaesthetic, and to reduce the risk of cancellation.

Surgery Day FAQ's

What should I do on the day of surgery?

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Do not eat or drink on the day of surgery, and avoid chewing gum. Please arrive promptly on the day of surgery, and you will be shown to your room for the visit.

Before surgery you will be visited by your surgeon, anaesthetist and members of the multidisciplinary team. Physiotherapists will look at mobility and post-operative mobilisation / rehabilitation plans.

What will happen after surgery?

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You will return to your single room, and be looked after by the expert team on the ward. Expect regular observations of blood pressure pulse and temperature. You will have pre-ordered food from our fantastic menus before surgery.

The medical team will review you, and discharge you if you are a day case patient. In-patients will be reviewed until fit for discharge.

 What should I do if there are problems and will I need any specific wound care?

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Please call Spire Methley Park Hospital. There is a resident duty doctor, and medical staff that can be of assistance. If you have chest pain, sudden shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, or are acutely unwell, seek emergency medical attention via your nearest Accident and Emergency department.

Wound issues, and post-operative complaints of a non-urgent nature can be reviewed at Methley Park Hospital.Depending on the location and type of wound closure, specific care may be required. You will be briefed on wound care prior to discharge. We run wound / dressing clinics for wound care and review at Spire Methley Park Hospital.

Post Surgery FAQ's

Will I need physiotherapy?

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Orthopaedic surgery aims to remove or reduce pain, and improve function and mobility. Physiotherapy therefore is an integral part of post-operative care. Some procedures that are designed to stop joint movement require little post-operative physiotherapy, whereas others that work on soft tissue may require more. Your surgical team will discuss this with you pre-operatively, and after your surgery. The physiotherapy team will make an assessment of your mobility and post-operative recovery plan during admission.

When can I return to work and what about if I need sick notes?

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It is usual to refrain from work, or at least perform in a reduced capacity until your wounds have healed.  The average timescale is 10 to fourteen days.

Depending on the type of surgery, and predicted recovery of weight bearing and movement, you may need to be away from work for six weeks or longer.

Your surgical team will be able to provide a prediction of recovery time and planned return to work.

In the interim, certification can be provided for employers. Please discuss with your consultant, and request during admission. Medical notes can be provided for the predicted recovery period.

What about travel and will I need treatment for DVT?

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The biggest concern regarding travel is the increased risk of deep vein thrombosis. The accessibility to medical help and cost of emergency medical  should problems arise, should also be considered.

It is generally advisable to travel within four weeks of surgery, either before, or after, unless specifically discussed and agreed by your medical team.

Prophylactic treatments for deep vein thrombosis are controversial, and no consensus exists.

If you are to remain non weight bearing, or immobilised in cast for a period of time, it is likely you will need treatment. Most joint replacements require treatment until you recover mobility.

Your risks, and the benefits of treatment will be assessed on admission, and objective risk / benefit scoring will allow prescription of the best treatment.

How soon should I return to sport / more vigorous activities?

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Return to normal activities of daily living, work, and then sport is progressive. The type of surgery you have undergone and the involvement of physiotherapy in your aftercare will affect the speed of return to sport.

It is advisable to discuss specific sporting requirements and plans with your consultant in follow up appointments post-surgery, and with the physiotherapy team in the gym.

A recovery programme can be tailored to your requirements to improve successful return to sport and minimise early injury risk.