Orthopaedic care: pain and recovery

What you should know about the post procedure journey

The recovery phase of treatment begins immediately after orthopaedic surgery. And while the extent and length of recovery varies by procedure, location and your overall health, ongoing communication with your orthopaedic team is critical to optimizing outcomes and minimizing pain and discomfort. Before and after surgery it’s important that you fully understand:

  • The next steps in your recovery.
  • Your physical limitations (and for how long) pertaining to work, driving and other day-to-day activities.
  • Your options for pain management.  If you receive a prescription, ask your doctor about side-effects and other concerns.
  • How to quickly contact your doctor or health care team if you notice any signs of a complication, such as infection, bleeding or a blood clot, pain at the surgical site, or reinjury of the treated bone or muscle.
  • When you next need to see your orthopaedic surgeon, physical therapist and other members of your health care team.

Having orthopaedic surgery is a journey thousands of people embark on each day. Your orthopaedic surgeon, along with your recovery team, is committed to helping you return to your work, life, and the activities that most enjoy.