An expert team of surgeons and anaesthetists at the Fortius Joint Replacement Centre has worked together to review the latest evidence supporting patient care pathways and to share their thinking on best practice. This has led to the development of a unified, evidence-based approach, for use at the Centre.
This approach is based on the principles of the Enhanced Recovery Pathway (ERP), and Rapid Recover pathway (Biomet) which aims to accelerate and improve all aspects of a patient’s recovery process following surgery. This pathway combines a proven approach to pain management, clinical and surgical practice, patient education, mobility, diet and lifestyle and helps to achieve an optimal patient experience and outcome.
After surgery, the ERP focuses on getting patients out of bed and moving their new joint as soon as possible, supported by effective pain relief. This approach is backed up by a multitude of research papers, which have shown that the earlier a person gets out of bed and starts walking, eating, and drinking after their operation, the faster their rehabilitation is likely to be and the better their outcome from surgery.