Department of Orthopaedics Patient Support and Education

Please refer to the following guidebooks and videos for helpful information related to orthopaedic conditions and treatments.

ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery

  • ACL Reconstruction Guidebook (PDF): This guidebook provides information on how to prepare for ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). Throughout this guidebook, you will see tips from one of our ACL patients, Sarah Fittro. We hope you will find inspiration and helpful guidance from someone who has been through this surgery and recovery.
  • ACL Surgery (4 videos): This four-part video series describes the ACL surgical experience, including how to prepare yourself and your home prior to surgery and what to expect after surgery, especially in regards to rehabilitation. Please note that your experience may differ slightly depending on which orthopaedic team you see. However, the process is largely the same for all ACL reconstruction patients.

Cast care

  • Living with an Aircast® Boot (PDF): This guide provides information on how to adjust to wearing an Aircast Boot to protect your injured leg from further injury.
  • Cast Care Tips (PDF): This guide provides general cast care tips after you've been given a cast made of plaster or fiberglass to help your injured bone heal.


  • Distal radius fractures: Watch this video to learn about treatment options for this common type of break. Plus, learn about advancements in using the plating/screw approach that allows you to immediately use your hand.
  • Scaphoid fractures: Watch this video to see what a scaphoid fracture looks like and learn about a procedure that does not require casting.



Sports medicine

Total joint replacement

  • Total Joint Replacement (17 videos): This series of short videos explains how to prepare for total joint replacement surgery and describes the recovery and healing process.