After you meet with a surgeon, imaging will be ordered. This includes any or all of the following:
Your surgeon will review the results with you. They will let you know if they feel PAO surgery will be helpful.
Sometimes there is a question about whether PAO surgery will be a success. When that happens, your surgeon will go over your case during our “hip conference.” Your case will be discussed with:
- The Division of Orthopaedics director
- Two co-directors of our Hip Preservation Program
- A joint replacement surgeon
- Clinical nursing staff
- Lead radiologist
The goal of this meeting is to cover all aspects of your case. Topics include your age, lifestyle, and expectations of and after surgery. We want to make sure that everyone, including the patient and family, agree that PAO surgery is right for the patient.
Once surgery is scheduled, there will be a pre-op visit. At that visit the nurse will go over what you need to know before, during and after surgery. She is available by phone and email if you have questions or concerns any time before or after surgery.
Pre-Op Physical Therapy Visit
You will also have a pre-op physical therapy visit. At this appointment, you’ll learn what to expect as you recover after surgery. The therapist will talk to you about:
- Home exercise after surgery
- Precautions to take after surgery
- Any post-operative equipment needs