Osseointegration Pre-Operative Patient Preparation

In this video, A/Prof Al Muderis discusses surgical options and demonstrates the OGAP-OPL implant with a patient who is considering osseointegration surgery. For more osseointegration consultation videos please see Osseointegration Consultation

 

The following is what can be expected prior to Osseointegration surgery:

Examinations: The Osseointegration process begins with the patient calling A/Prof Al Muderis' practice or filling in an inquiry form on the Osseointegration Group of Australia (OGA) Website where a member of the team will reply via email or phone. If the patient is found to be potentially suitable for osseointegration they will invited to attend on the of OGA clinics where the patient can consult with the osseointegration team and meet other patients who have had or are waiting to have the surgery.

At the clinic the osseointegration team will perform a range of clinical and radiological assessments and discuss treatment options with the patient. If found to be a suitable candidate the patient will undergo a program to prepare for the procedure. This includes physiotherapy, multiple investigations such as x-rays and bone scans, as well as functional tests.

 

Skin preparation: For two weeks prior to osseointegration surgery it is very important that the patient does not wear their prosthesis. This is to minimise infection risk and ensure there are no rubs, skin abrasions or open wounds when it comes time for surgery.

The night prior to and morning of operation, patient is required to wash leg with a sponge and antibacterial wash provided in the pre-admission clinic.

 

Patient education: Physiotherapy assessment will include: use of crutches and pre and postoperative exercises. Patient will be fitted for crutches to take home and practice preoperatively.

 

Medications: Cease aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications 10 days prior to surgery as well as any naturopathic or herbal medications.

 

Day of Surgery

  • Surgical paperwork will be administered by the nurses and the anaesthetist will meet with the patient to ask a few questions
  • A hospital gown will be given and the operation site will be shaved and cleaned
  • Betadine skin prep will be applied to above area and wrapped
  • All x-rays are to be sent with patient to theatre

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