What can I do to make my admission and discharge as smooth as possible?
You can help us by completing your health questionnaire as soon as possible and send it via email to Professor Haddad’s practice nurses.
What do I need to bring to the hospital when I am admitted?
You just need to bring your usual toiletries. The hospital has WiFi. If you already have crutches or a knee brace then please bring them. If you are having a hip replacement then please bring your raised toilet seat with you.
When can I go back to work?
Everyone is different; it also depends on the exact procedure performed. We generally would ask you to take a couple of days off. For example, if you had your surgery on a Tuesday then ideally we would ask you to return the following Monday. You just need to be aware that you might still feel tired or the joint might still be swollen. Sitting for long periods of time might make you stiff therefore have frequent breaks so you can walk around and stretch your legs. You also need to be aware that sometimes the pain medications can affect your vision and concentration.
Joint replacements or other complex surgeries will need a longer recuperation period, therefore you may be off work for at least 4 weeks.
You also need to consider how you are getting to work. If Professor Haddad asked you to use crutches then you might not feel comfortable on public transport. You might need to make adjustments. Can you come to work a bit later to avoid rush hour? Can you work from home? If you need to go back to work then make sure you are safe to do so.
When can I get rid of my crutches?
Professor Haddad will give the time frame on how long you need to use your crutches. A rehabilitation protocol will also be given to your physiotherapist. The crutches are used to maintain stability and so you won’t develop an abnormal gait pattern. Your physiotherapist will also guide you on when you can stop using the crutches.
Will I be mobile enough after the surgery?
Yes, definitely. The ward based physiotherapist will make sure that you are safe to cope at home. You will be assessed and give crutches if required, depending on your weight bearing status. The physiotherapist will also teach you to navigate stairs/steps prior to discharge.