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The Orthopaedic Enhanced Recovery Programme aims to get you back to full health as soon as possible following your operation. The programme was introduced in November 2010 and was championed by Consultant Surgeon Mr Sanat Shah and Lead Physiotherapist, Justine Theaker.

Before your procedure

If you are coming into hospital for a hip or knee replacement, you will be invited to attend an education group. At the group you will learn what to expect when being admitted for your procedure. The group will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, as well as discuss with our therapy team which walking aids, or other equipment you may need following your operation.  Relatives are welcome to come along to the classes.

You will be admitted to hospital early in the morning on the day of your operation, unless you require medical treatment the night before - such as a blood transfusion or medication which you cannot take at home.

After your procedure

Although some pain is to be expected following your operation, we will aim to keep you as comfortable as possible. The physiotherapy team will help you to start to move around as soon as is comfortable for you.  Early mobilisation is one of the most important parts of the orthopaedic enhanced recovery programme and pain will improve by getting your new joint moving as soon as possible.

After leaving hospital, if you live in the Manchester area our therapy outreach team will visit you in the home.  If you live out of the Manchester area, you will be referred to your local therapy team. Our team will still call you to check your progress.

Feedback received from our patients:

"Excellent therapy- good preparation in the education group and physiotherapists are great".

"Pain and sickness was well controlled".