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  • Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing for Surgery:

Once you have decided to undergo surgery in consultation with Ipswich Orthopaedic Group, our staff will guide you and prepare you for surgery. It is important you have a good understanding of what is being done, what to expect before and after surgery and information on follow-up care. Please feel free to ask as many questions as appropriate. Certain tests may be performed before surgery such as:


Pre-operative Info:

Ensure all paperwork has been completed, these include:

Information on Medications:

Things to do at home before surgery:

Discharge from Hospital:


On the Day of Surgery:


Post Operative Info:

When will I go home?

Depending on the type of surgery, the majority of patients will go home on the day of surgery. Joint replacement patients will be able to go home in around 3 days.

The factors that determine early discharge are patient physiology after surgery (status of blood pressure, blood transfusion requirements, fluid balance, etc) and also the presence of a carer at home.

Another reason for discharge after an extra day in hospital is because some Private Health Funds will not pay the Hospital for “Joint Replacement” as they (Health Funds) classify joint replacements as major surgery requiring at least 3-7 days hospital stay. Patients can check with their health funds, and hospitals usually work together with the patients and surgeons to provide the best outcome.

Do I need Physiotherapy?

This will depend on the type of surgery undertaken. Generally inpatient physiotherapy will be given for joint replacement surgery. Inpatient rehabilitation is not usually required. If outpatient physiotherapy is needed it will be arranged prior to discharge.

How long do I need crutches for?

This would depend on the type of operation and patient confidence. Ipswich Orthopaedic Group and the team will guide you through this. In general most patients go home with 2 crutches and gradually move on to 1 crutch before discarding it. This may take anywhere from 1-3 weeks.

When can I go to Work?

This will depend on the nature, type and complexity of surgery, patient motivation and the type of work involved. Some patients have gone to work almost 3-4 days after joint replacements (office type duties) whilst others prefer to convalesce for a short period (1-3 weeks) before commencing work activities as this may involve self-driving. Ipswich Orthopaedic Group will discuss this individually with patients.

When Can I resume sports like Golf?

This will depend on the nature of the surgical procedure, complexity and the type of joint and patient physiology and motivation. Ipswich Orthopaedic Group will discuss this individually with patients.