If you are able to use this waiting time to maximise your physical and mental health, evidence suggests you will be more likely to recover faster from your surgery and require less pain relief. We hope you find the information and advice helpful.
Hospitals Working Together
Hospitals across Greater Manchester (GM) are working together to increase the number of people who can be treated every day.
Orthopaedic hubs have been set up to deliver more operations to help reduce the waiting list backlog. The Orthopaedic hubs are located at Wrightington Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital and Trafford General Hospital.
If you are eligible, you may be contacted and offered the chance to have your surgery sooner at one of the Orthopaedic Hubs.
If you do get offered the opportunity to have your surgery at one of the hubs, we would strongly recommend that you take this up if you can. The hospital team will talk to you to understand your personal circumstances, answer any questions and look at how they may be able to support you to take up the offer.
What to expect from you pre operative assessment
Before having your surgery you will be invited to have a pre-operative assessment. This appointment could be in person or as a video or telephone call.
During the pre operative assessment the staff will:
- Make sure you are physically fit enough to have surgery and the anaesthetic
- Answer any questions you may have
- Give you more information about your admission to hospital, your surgery and how long you can expect to be in hospital
During the appointment you will be asked questions about your health, medical history and home circumstances. If your appointment takes place in person you may also have some tests carried out, but this will depend on the type of surgery you are having and your medical history.
Before your pre operative appointment it may be helpful for you to write a list of your medical history, any tests or surgery you have had in the past as well as any medicines, vitamins or herbal supplements you take. You can also think about any questions you want to ask.
During your appointment you will be given clear information on:
- whether you need to stop eating and drinking in the hours before your operation
- whether you should stop taking your usual medicines before going into hospital
- what to bring with you into hospital
- whether you’ll need to stay in hospital overnight and, if so, for how long