Put simply, yes. Ensuring patients have access to expert advice and information at all times is one of the reasons Joint Motion came into being. We are dedicated to making information accessible and clear for patients, and are always here to answer whatever questions you have. However, we’ve also tried to make the process as clear as possible with this timeline.
Yes, you can. However, if you’re taking your journey with Joint Motion, you already have! We group-audit every decision we make, and act as a self-regulating body for our own diagnoses. And, if you are in need of reassurance, we offer joint consultations so you can have a second opinion in the consultation room with you at all times!
There are many different factors that will affect this. The nature of your injury, what kind of work you do, whether or not you have surgery and how your body reacts to treatment will all determine how soon you can get back to work. Most people in non-physical (e.g. Office) jobs can be back to work within four to six weeks of surgery. However, if your work is physical it could take a much greater toll, and if you can work from home it may have a less severe affect. It is always best simply to ask your consultant rather than expecting an accurate forecast, as your consultant will know the specifics of your condition, will have seen how your body reacts to treatment and will understand you and your work situation.
Though it depends on the specifics of your operation, you will typically be in the operating theatres for around two hours. This time includes your anaesthetic and theatre recovery.
None. One of the main reasons Joint Motion came into being was to improve the process of orthopaedic consultation and build a model which better served patients’ needs. This means we guarantee there will always be a room available, that appointments will not be held if nothing important or productive will be gained, and anything which can be communicated via phone or email will be, to minimise the strains of travel and to ensure that your journey is smoother and easier.
In most cases, a diagnosis and a clear treatment plan will be given at your first appointment. On occasion, we may need to arrange further investigations to clarify the diagnosis and treatment options. Rest assured, this will be done in a timely manner through the private hospitals we wok with.
Yes, this is frequently the case. As a general rule, these avenues will always be explored before more severe measures are taken unless it is immediately obvious surgery is a necessity. Surgery is perhaps more visible in the media for reasons unrelated to its incidence. In reality, there’s no reason to assume your hip or knee injury is particularly serious or will require anything more than medication or physiotherapy.
It is incredibly unlikely that, when sedated or under general anaesthetic, you would become aware of what is happening. However, if you were to retain any memory of the experience, it would not be negative, as you will not feel any pain and there will be staff on hand to sooth and reassure you.