Orthopaedics is a speciality dealing with bones, joints and the associated soft tissues including: ligaments, nerves and muscles. Orthopaedic surgery can be carried out for problems due to: arthritic changes, injuries and those people who are born with (congenital)
The main procedures undertaken by orthopaedic surgeons are:
- Joint arthroscopy – an operation done with smaller cuts in the skin (incisions) to look at and repair soft tissue.
- Arthroplasty – the replacement of whole or parts of a joint, usually due to arthritis.
- Corrective surgery- these operations are done to make a bone shorter, longer or have a different position. This is done to relieve pressure on your joint.
This section of the website will give you more information about staying healthy and ‘waiting well’ before your surgery. It also includes advice on preparing for your operation and how to recover well afterwards.