Patient Journey

Diagnosis

Your doctor will get detailed information about your symptoms and history of your current and past ailments. He will perform a thorough physical and neurological examination. Certain diagnostic tests such as blood tests or imaging tests may be ordered to confirm your disease. After reviewing these results, your doctor will recommend appropriate treatment.

Find Right Procedure

It’s not uncommon to have questions or doubts, which we will encourage you to clarify before you leave the clinic. Your doctor will take time to explain your options for treatment and our staff will go through the details of costs and logistics with you. Our aim is to provide you with all the information that you would need to make informed decisions about managing your health. If you still have questions when you leave the office, please do not hesitate to contact us - we are here to help

Procedure

Post-Op Recovery

Apart from the specific instructions given to you depending on the type of surgery you have undergone, the basic general instructions that you should follow after your surgery are as follows:

  1. Take pain relieving and other medications as advised. Pain relieving medication should be taken with food. After the first 48 hours of surgery, take the pain medication only when needed.
  2. Do not drink alcohol, drive a vehicle, operate any machinery or sign a legal document for the first 24 hours after the surgery as the effect of the sedative and/ or the aesthesia administered during the surgery may last for the first 24 hours of the surgery.
  3. Use ice packs to control swelling. However, make sure that the ice bag does not leak into the dressing. Ice packs can be used liberally for the first 48 hours and even later, if required.
  4. Follow the specific restriction of activity, as advised. Remember that it is easier to prevent developing pain rather than managing it once it has already developed. Rest for a few days after the surgery and keep the operated extremity elevated, above the level of your heart, to control swelling.
  5. Keep the dressing clean and dry to promote wound healing.
  6. Try to begin physical therapy a day or two after the surgery. Exercises in the first week are usually aimed at regaining joint motion. Strengthening exercises are initiated later. Regular exercises are critical for a successful outcome.
  7. Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated drinks.
  8. Schedule your follow up appointment with your doctor as advised.

Please consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Increased drainage from the incision
  • Increased redness around the operated area
  • Increased swelling that does not decrease with ice and elevation
  • Foul odor
  • Fever greater than 101°F
  • Coldness, numbness or blanched white or bluish color of the fingers or toes
  • Sudden calf pain or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Post Hospital Care

At each follow up visit, please keep your doctor informed of your recovery/progress and contact your doctor for any health concerns you have in between visits. Please call the office to make appointments for your visits.

Various follow-up visits may include:

  • Routine 6-week post-operative review appointment
  • On-going 3/6/12 monthly reviews for monitoring
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • International Society for Hip Artgroscopy