Orthopaedic surgeons often use the word “multidisciplinary” to describe the way we care for our patients. One patient recently asked what this means and why we advocate a multidisciplinary treatment approach. This blog explains why, when it comes to orthopaedic care, we believe that more is most definitely more….
Why do we take a team approach?
In essence, a multidisciplinary approach means that a team will look after you, rather than a single practitioner. You will experience a holistic approach to your care, delivered by a group of people – your team – who are all specialists in their particular field.
From administrators to anaesthetists
This begins even before you come to the clinic, with our admin support. As well as being extremely efficient, the administration team is sensitive to the fact that any kind of medical treatment can be stressful and that people appreciate efficient, helpful communication and prompt appointments that fit with their busy schedule. They will aim to minimise your stress and provide prompt, courteous responses to any enquiries.
When you come into the clinic, you will see Andrew Carrothers, our orthopaedic surgeon, who may organise a range of diagnostic tests from colleagues in radiology, including X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans and ultrasound. In complex cases, he may consult with other orthopaedic surgeons who can provide a second opinion about your diagnosis and treatment. This will be discussed in detail with you.
If you need to undergo a procedure – either surgical or non-surgical – you will be cared for by a team of nurses who will do whatever they can to put you at your ease and help you to feel comfortable. If your treatment requires a general anaesthetic, we work with a specialist team of anaesthetists who will visit you before and after your surgery and remain with you throughout the procedure.
In a situation where you have other medical issues which need to be carefully considered in conjunction with your orthopaedic problem, it is often advised to have a consultation with your anaesthetist prior to your planned surgery. Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, previous heart or lung troubles or when taking lifelong blood thinner medications (anticoagulants) can be optimised to ensure you are medically fit for surgery.
After surgery, you will be supported by a specialist recovery team who will monitor your heart and lung function and ensure that you are comfortable and that any pain is controlled.
Depending what procedure you have undergone, you will normally see a physiotherapist who will support your recovery. Physiotherapists can provide a range of exercises that you can do to strengthen your muscles and improve your rehabilitation.
You may also be referred to an occupational therapist who can show you how to perform day-to-day activities while you are recovering from surgery.
Whatever you are seeking help for, whether it is a minor strain or a major condition like severe osteoarthritis, there is a team of specialists to support you every step of the way.
Hip, Knee, Ankle Specialists | Cambridge
Whether you have chronic pain due to an injury, or have developed a condition such as osteoarthritis, there are options available to you to get back to optimum health. Our specialist consultant orthopaedic surgeons treat a wide range of orthopaedic conditions, including arthritis, trauma, limb deformation and sports injuries.
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For your convenience, we offer appointments at both Nuffield Hospital Cambridge and Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital.