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Your most frequently asked questions

Many sites address technical topics.

The answers to the simplest questions are often missing.


  • Should I have surgery?

  • Is there an alternative?   or Wait?

  • If I have to have an operation... I have a lot of  issues...

  • What am I going to do next?  My work?  My family?

  • Driving my car?  My garden?  My holidays?  The resumption of sport?

  •   My hospitalization?  My recovery?  Should rehabilitation be planned?

  • How much does it cost? etc., etc...

  • When will I be healed?

Remember to write down your questions, so as not to forget them during the consultation.

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A few answers...

In case of surgery:

  • Will I be improved?

    • YES: the goal of surgery is to improve you. Almost always, this improvement is seen

    • No surgeon, no doctor has ever done better than nature

    • A surgical gesture is a gesture of repair

    • Sometimes, the good result is delayed by difficult consequences: stiffness, capsulitis, algoneurodystrophy etc.

    • Even if the result remains generally satisfactory, some after-effects may persist (loss of strength, stiffness, etc.)

  • The intervention presents risks?

    • YES : like a drug treatment, a surgical procedure presents risks

    • Lack of treatment is often more risky

    • The risks are assessed by your surgeon and your anesthetist: They are correlated to your state of health

    • Identified risks may lead to the contraindication of an intervention

  • Before your hospitalization?

    • An anesthesia consultation is mandatory .

    • The purpose of this consultation is to assess your state of health and prevent possible risks.

    • Some of your treatments will sometimes be stopped (Anticoagulants and Psychotropics)

    • After the age of 50, a cardiology consultation is necessary

  • My hospitalization?​​

    • Hospitalization is as short as possible

    • The duration of your hospitalization depends on your pathology, your age and your state of health.

    • It very often takes place in AMBULATORY (I do not sleep in the hospital)

    • Procedures for joint prostheses can sometimes require 2 to 5 days of hospitalization

    • Your family situation, or your isolation are taken into account

    • We adapt your hospital stay to your needs

  • My recovery?

    • I return to my home. The need for a rehabilitation center is exceptional.

    • A rest period will be observed

    • Following certain interventions, I will be temporarily immobilized (three to four weeks)

    • Rehabilitation is started two to three days after the intervention

  • My rehabilitation?

    • It is started as soon as possible

    • Sometimes it's just self-rehabilitation.

    • Sometimes a physiotherapist is needed. A prescription is given to you before your outing

    • in the case of difficulty moving, the first part of rehabilitation can be done at home with the physiotherapist.  

  • My work ?

    • The cessation of professional activity is generally three months

    • The objective is to allow you to continue your profession, This objective is achieved most often

    • Some work activities can be resumed more quickly

    • Some jobs with high physical strain can lead to a request for the adaptation of the workstation, and more rarely to a professional retraining depending on your age and the intervention carried out.

  • My autonomy?

    • Generally, the autonomy is not very disturbed

    • It is preferable to be surrounded by a third party during the first 4 weeks after the intervention

    • Daily life tasks are generally possible (Toilet, prepare meals, get dressed)

    • For the most isolated and dependent people, the prescription of home help is possible

  • Drive my car?

    • Generally, driving a vehicle is unreasonable for the first three weeks

    • For interventions requiring immobilization and rehabilitation, driving becomes possible at the sixth post-operative week.

  • Cultivate your garden? Tinker...

    • Leisure activities are generally resumed gradually when rehabilitation has made it possible to obtain autonomy, i.e.: around the sixth post-operative week

    • Manual activity is beneficial, but should not generate painful or inflammatory symptoms

  • My holidays ?

    • Postoperative convalescence does not prohibit holidays if care and rehabilitation can be provided  

    • Self-rehabilitation in the pool is often beneficial

    • The preferred transport will be the train and the plane

  • The resumption of sport?

    • The sport is resumed when you have regained good aptitude and the absence of pain

    • Soft sports or physical maintenance activities can be resumed gradually at the 10th week

    • High-risk sports (climbing, contact, combat), as well as competition, will not be resumed before the third month and after consulting your surgeon.

Progression to cure or improvement does not always require surgery. Sometimes surgery is not helpful. In other situations, it may be suggested by your surgeon. The pathologies are generally chronic pathologies. Surgery is rarely urgent. A possible surgical intervention may be scheduled in the coming months. You will have time to organize yourself with your family, your employer, your parents, your children...

On the other hand, your involvement in the care process is essential. Most often, rehabilitation is necessary, as well as the implementation of some precautions for joint rest (with or without surgery).

ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) is the current standard to allow you to return to the desired state. The RAAC aims to heal you, by removing pain and disability, by helping you regain your abilities as quickly as possible.  professional, an adapted social life, and access to leisure again...

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