Fit for Surgery and Beyond - Hip and Knee Replacement
Welcome to Fit for Surgery and Beyond, a partnership between Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP). Click below to find out more about why you're here and what you can do to be in the best health for your surgery.
You have recently been referred by the Orthopaedic Assessment Service in Somerset for consideration of a hip or knee replacement and have been directed to the SASP website for support and guidance around getting fitter and stronger while you wait. As a collaboration, we want to help you get the very best outcome from your operation.
What happens before you go in for surgery and when you go home is just as important as the care you are provided while in hospital itself, so it is important for all parties that you prepare well and be in the best possible health throughout the journey.
What is it?
Fit for Surgery and Beyond is strongly supported by Specialist Orthopaedic Physiotherapists from the Orthopaedic Assessment Service in Somerset who work closely with people with joint and mobility problems and also by our local orthopaedic consultants, surgical assessment services and hospitals.
Think of the time you have now as preparation time rather than waiting time and an opportunity to really help improve your chances of surgery success!
Why Move More?
Research suggests the fitter, stronger and healthier you are going into surgery, the lower your risk of complications (such as infections and blood clots), the quicker your recovery and the more successful your operation is likely to be. Post-operative complications can be very serious, can delay you going home and can sometimes lead to re-admission to hospital. Having major surgery like a hip or knee replacement puts a large amount of physical stress on your body, a bit like running a marathon, so you need to prepare well just like training for any strenuous event.
For adults and older adults, the government recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week, so try to find something you enjoy and exercise regularly leading up to your surgery.
Working in Partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
SASP has been working with the Trust to trial different types of exercise interventions using patients on the hip and knee replacement surgery waiting list in Somerset.
Please see the results of the trial, which took place in two phases across 2021 and 2022, in the infographic below.
Lianne Clarke (she/her)
Health Development Manager
- 01823 653990