Why and how should I prepare for surgery?
I sometimes see people who are afraid to move because they think they will make things worse. This type of “pain avoidance” behaviour is a poor predictor of outcomes after surgery, as orthopaedic surgery relies heavily on patient effort, engagement and agency. Using opiates or other addictive medication in these situations almost inevitably makes things worse. Our research is focused on getting you in tiptop condition before you have surgery, and as quickly as you can afterwards.