Waiting for a new hip? Had a sports injury? Suffering joint Pain?
When you have acute or chronic joint pain, your GP can comprehensively assess you fordegenerative and inflammatory joint conditions, like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Typically, these can be managed with medication, without the need for surgery.
Yet, in those cases when medication and physiotherapy do not help, then you might need to consult with a specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Choosing a Surgeon
To make sure you choose a good Orthopaedic Surgeon, speak with your physio, your doctor, family, and friends – get recommendations. Make sure that the Orthopaedic Surgeon is fellowship-trained in Arthroplasty (joint replacement surgery) and is a specialist in the arearelevant to you. If you have hip or knee pain, then the surgeon should be a specialist in these areas.
When you have your private consultation, you should feel unrushed, should feel free to tell the surgeon everything you consider relevant. Expect to have high quality radio-images such as joint X-rays taken at the same time, so they can be discussed, and the findings explained to you clearly.
Before your procedure it’s not too late to ask for more information, like testimonials from other patients. Ask about the Orthopaedic Surgeon’s immediate clinical team. The surgeon should have annual appraisals and be correctly registered and be up to date with the latest proven techniques.
You should be offered pain management and associated therapy towards your discharge from hospital. Clear post-operative care and post-discharge review plans should be provided, together with a contact in the immediate post-operative period for any concerns arising upon returning home.
This article has been written by Dr Thomas O. Boerger, MD FRCSI (Tr&Orth) Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, a recognised specialist in Hip and Knee Replacement, and ACL knee ligament reconstruction.
Dr. Boerger consults at The Specialist Medical Clinic, here in Gibraltar. Call 20049999 or 5407 4218 or or email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.thomasboerger.com
With an international career spanning three decades, Dr. Boerger is fully licenced and registered in the UK & Gibraltar as well as Spain.