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Your doctor will discuss orthopedic surgery with you when all other orthopedic treatment options have been exhausted, or if surgery is the best option for your current condition. Orthopedic surgery may be done as an inpatient or outpatient procedure.
With an inpatient procedure, you will remain in the hospital for one or more days while you recover. More complex orthopedic surgeries, such as hip or knee replacement, amputations and rotator cuff tears, require extensive aftercare to manage your pain, care for wounds and help you become mobile on our own.
Unless you have had a fall with a break that necessitates immediate orthopedic surgery, the choice to have a total joint replacement is a big decision. Your orthopedic surgeon will review your case and may suggest treatment options to relieve your pain and increase mobility. Depending on your age and personal health history, a treatment plan may provide adequate pain relief and functionality for few months or up to several years. In many cases, orthopedic surgery to replace your hip(s) or knee(s) may be necessary to return to an active, pain-free lifestyle.
Some of the most common outpatient procedures include arthroscopy knee, manipulation of the knee (a procedure to help with stiffness after arthroscopy) and carpel tunnel syndrome, among others.
A team member of the pre-operative clinic will call you prior to to your surgery to take your medical history and gather any other important information.
Almost any orthopedic surgery will necessitate a course of rehabilitation to aid in the recovery process. St. Joseph’s Westgate offers inpatient rehabilitation services for physical, occupational and speech therapy. Our licensed and highly trained therapists will work closely with your surgeon to develop your plan of recovery and strengthening exercises.
If you have any questions about your upcoming orthopedic surgery, please call 602.406.0022. To find an orthopedic surgeon at St. Joseph’s Westgate, please call 1.877.602.4111, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.