NHS waiting times to rise for joint replacement operations

The BOA reacted to news that the NHS is significantly relaxing the 18 week target for hospitals to treat patients who are waiting for a hip or knee replacement, or other non-urgent operation. BOA President Ian Winston said, "Any prolonged delay at the end stage of OA will weaken the muscles and other soft tissues. Once that happens the consequences for the patient can be devastating and usually lifelong, with long term implications for health and social care funding.”

Musculoskeletal problems, such as hip and knee osteoarthritis are the main reason for joint replacement surgery and the leading causes of disability in the UK, affecting more than 6.5m people. Since 1960, improvements in joint replacement surgical techniques and technology have greatly increased the effectiveness of total hip and knee replacement, and the number of people opting for Joint replacement surgery for both hip and knee has continued to grow by about 50 percent and about 43 percent respectively over the past 10 years.

In response to the growing demand for hip and knee replacement, Fortius Group has recently announced the opening of a dedicated joint replacement service at Bupa Cromwell Hospital, which aims to achieve new standards of excellence in hip and knee joint replacement surgery in the UK. The dedicated private facility brings together a group of leading specialists in Joint replacement, who have adopted a shared evidence based best practice pathway, in order to deliver the most effective and highest quality of care for all their patients.

The approach will follow the principles of an enhanced recovery pathway (ERP), which aims to accelerate and improve all aspects of a patient’s recovery process following surgery. This pathway combines a proven approach to patient education, pain management, clinical and surgical practice, mobility, and lifestyle all of which helps to achieve optimal outcomes. Patients will benefit from a shorter stay in hospital and a carefully managed return home. Post surgery will be pain free and they can start their rehab immediately - mobile on the day of their operation.

To find out more visit the patient education website here.