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In this section, we have leaflets for the Trauma and Orthopaedics department. Please only read the materials on the advice of your clinician.

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Click to download the ACL Reconstruction leaflet
 

ACL Reconstruction

The ACL connects the femur to the tibia. It functions as a stabiliser of the knee joint and it resists forward movement of the tibia on the femur and also acts to prevent the tibia from excessive rotation when pivoting ... read more

 

Click to download the Air Cast Boot leaflet
 

Air Cast Boot

To provide protection of your foot and / or ankle as advised by the Orthopaedic consultants. Your consultant or physiotherapist will tell you how long you will need to wear this for. Your boot will be fitted by a trained professional. You will only need to wear the boot as instructed by your therapist or doctor ... read more

 

Click to download the Below Knee Ilizarov Exercises leaflet
 

Below Knee Ilizarov Exercises

These are all general exercises to strengthen and lengthen your muscles. These exercises should be performed three times a day and repetitions gradually increased as you feel able ... read more

 

Click to download the Care of a Plaster Cast leaflet
 

Care of a Plaster Cast

A plaster is a gauze bandage that has been mixed with different resins. When mixed with water and applied, it then becomes hard. They can be known as Plaster of Paris or Synthetic plasters ... read more

 

Click to download the Fast Track and Day Case Hip Joint Replacement Surgery leaflet
 

Fast Track and Day Case Hip Joint Replacement Surgery

It is best practice to educate and involve you in this process as early as possible, and this booklet is your resource to help facilitate that. This booklet describes what to expect before surgery, what happens while you’re in hospital, and how to prepare yourself to achieve the best outcome ... read more

 

Click to download the Hinge Knee Brace leaflet
 

Hinge Knee Brace

Your brace will be fitted by a Physiotherapist. The fitting will be dependent on your injury type and instructions from you consultant.

Occasionally these braces slip down whilst you are walking / moving. If this occurs, unfasten the straps, reposition the brace and re-fasten to a snug fit ... read more

 

Click to download the Knee Joint Replacement Surgery leaflet
 

Hip Joint Replacement Surgery ERP

This booklet has been written to give you and your family / carer an understanding of a total Hip replacement operation including things you should know before and after the operation. This is to ensure you know what to expect. Please note that your Consultant may give you extra or slightly different advice to suit your particular case. Please ask your family / carer to read this booklet too. They will find the information helpful in understanding what your needs will be when planning your discharge ... read more

 

Click to download the Joint and Soft Tissue Injections leaflet
 

Joint and Soft Tissue Injections

Injections are given to reduce pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, and to restore movement. The actual contents of an injection depend upon the individual condition. Local anaesthetics may be given to reduce pain (for example - lidocaine). Corticosteroid is given to reduce swelling and inflammation. You will be given more detailed information about the medications you have had ... read more

 

Click to download the Knee Arthroscopy leaflet
 

Knee Arthroscopy

The aim of arthroscopic surgery is to correct mechanical problems within your knee joint. The surgeon is able to confirm the nature of the injury and remove or repair the damaged part whilst causing minimal disruption to the knee joint.

Once the structures in your joint have become damaged failure to correct the damage may result in further deterioration of your knee.

In some cases surgery will not be able to reverse the damage which has already occurred. In the majority of cases your recovery will be dictated by the degree of damage and how well you can rehabilitate your knee ... read more

 

Click to download the Knee Joint Replacement Surgery leaflet
 

Knee Joint Replacement Surgery ERP

This booklet has been written to give you and your family / carer an understanding of a total knee replacement operation including things you should know before and after the operation. This is to ensure you know what to expect. Please note that your Consultant may give you extra or slightly different advice to suit your particular case. Please ask your family / carer to read this booklet too. They will find the information helpful in understanding what your needs will be when planning your discharge ... read more

 

Click to download the Knee Meniscal Repair leaflet
 

Knee Meniscal Repair

A meniscal tear may be the result of a twist – a typical injury for someone like a netballer or footballer or from repeated squatting. These tears may cause pain, swelling and a catching or locking sensation.

If not corrected, a meniscal tear, like dirt in the ball bearings of a machine, can irritate the smooth joint surface and damage the articular cartilage. This can lead to more serious problems such as arthritis ... read more

 

Click to download the Knee Meniscal Root Repair leaflet
 

Knee Meniscal Root Repair

A meniscal tear may be the result of a twist – a typical injury for someone like a netballer or footballer or from repeated squatting. These tears may cause pain, swelling and a catching, locking sensation or giving way. Some are a result of degenerative changes.

A meniscal tear can happen within the meniscus itself or at its root attachment to the bone. The latter is called a root tear. Root tears are not very common and behave differently to typical meniscal tears ... read more

 

Click to download the Living with an Ilizarov Frame leaflet
 

Living with an Ilizarov Frame

You will be shown how to care for your pin sites during your stay in hospital prior to discharge ... read more

 

Click to download the Orthopaedic Supported Discharge leaflet
 

Orthopaedic Supported Discharge

The aim of Orthopaedic Supported Discharge (OSD) is to provide a greater proportion of your rehabilitation within your home setting rather than in hospital. It may not be suitable for everyone however it has been found that patients can often achieve better outcomes from rehabilitating at home rather than in a hospital setting ... read more

 

Click to download the Rehabilitation leaflet
 

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is very important post operatively to aid your healing and help to prevent further complications, for example pressure sores and chest infections.

Rehabilitation will improve your muscle strength, range of movement, function and prevent circulation problems ... read more

 

Click to download the Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis Brace leaflet
 

Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis Brace (TLSO) - Fitting and Wearing in Lying

TLSO stands for ‘Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis’ – which means that it provides stability to the upper, middle and lower sections of your back. Your doctor has determined that wearing a back brace will aid in your rehabilitation. The purpose of this brace is to maintain your back in an appropriate position and limit the movement of your back to aid healing. This leaflet will explain the things that you should do for the duration of time that you are required to wear your brace. You are to apply your brace in LYING. Once on you are allowed to get up and mobilise. The brace must remain on until you are in the lying down position again i.e. at night time ... read more

 

Click to download the Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis Brace leaflet
 

Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis Brace (TLSO) - Fitting and Wearing in Sitting

TLSO stands for ‘Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis’ – which means that it provides stability to the upper, middle and lower sections of your back. Your doctor has determined that wearing a back brace will aid in your rehabilitation. The purpose of this brace is to maintain your back in an appropriate position and limits the movement of your back to aid healing. This leaflet will explain the things that you should do for the duration of time that you are required to wear your brace. You are able to apply your brace in the sitting position. It does not need to be worn in bed ... read more