In April 2013, Spire Bushey Hospital in Watford conducted a UK first, tweeting live from surgery using social media video app, Vine. Following many positive responses, the hospital will once again be tweeting live from surgery on Monday 3 June. @SpireBushey will be allowing followers to watch clips of a state-of-the-art ‘Visionaire’ knee replacement procedure.
For the first time, the patient has decided to reveal their identity. Penny, 54, of Watford, has chosen to talk about her procedure and progress through recovery. Penny has already had a Visionaire knee replacement in her right knee and was so happy with the results that she made the decision to undergo the procedure on her left knee to treat painful arthritis.
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Tim Waters will be carrying out the procedure. Different to a traditional knee replacement, the cutting blocks are developed prior to surgery, using state-of-the-art 3D technology. “We use 3D scans to create a custom-made template, with which we can accurately size and place the prosthesis,” explains Mr Waters. Compared with the traditional knee replacement which involves inserting metal rods into the bone, this technique uses a smaller incision and is less invasive for the patient.
Lisa Trybus, Spire Bushey Hospital’s Business Development Manager, explains why the hospital has chosen to do another live tweet from surgery: “The response from the last live tweet was so positive, we wanted to provide another educational experience for our followers. The Visionaire knee replacement was chosen as it is still relatively new. Over 70,000 knee replacements are carried out annually, and only a small percentage of these are Visionaire. We really want to educate followers about this procedure.”
Spire Bushey Hospital has once again chosen to use social app Vine to stream live videos from the operating table. Lisa Trybus explains: “Using Vine allowed followers to watch key parts of the procedure through six-second videos, and we hope to replicate this in the next live tweet from surgery.”
The team will be answering questions live during the procedure using the hashtag #LiveAtBushey. Follow live @SpireBushey on Monday 3 June at 1pm.