Your Treatment - Your Choice
The patient is the most important part of any treatment plan. Only the patient knows how their condition is affecting them. After a comprehensive clinical evaluation specialist experience will evaluate all of the available options and create a treatment plan.
All patients need to understand the underlying problem and the implications and nature of an operation, if required. By being part of the decision making process the patient becomes part of the team, making informed choices for themselves at every stage.
What Happens at a Consultation?
The consultation is the time when the surgeon finds out as much detail as possible about the patient’s problems. Allergies, medications and relevant past medical history are taken before a thorough examination is performed. Radiographs are then taken to confirm the findings of the clinical evaluation. Further investigations, such as an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan, may be required prior to creating a management plan.
Your Treatment Plan
A treatment plan is drawn up with the patient, based on the clinical evaluation. Once a management plan has been formulated, whether non operative or operative, the strategy is explained in full.
Consequences and complications of orthopaedic care are always discussed in detail. Any questions or concerns that the patient may have about treatment, rehabilitation, different implants, hospital stay, recovery, returning home, work and recreational activities should be fully discussed.
At every stage patients are given as much information as possible about their treatment and this continues throughout the duration of care.