12 June 2013
On Monday 3 June, Spire Bushey Hospital conducted its third live tweet from surgery. The tweet followed consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Tim Waters undertaking a Visionaire™ knee replacement on a female patient. In previous live tweets, patients involved have chosen to remain anonymous. This time, 53-year-old Penny from Hemel Hempstead was happy to be identified.
TheVisionaire™ knee replacement is different to a traditional knee replacement. The cutting blocks are developed prior to surgery, using state-of-the-art 3D technology, meaning they are made to measure to the individual patient. Compared with the traditional knee replacement which involves inserting metal rods into the bone, this technique uses a smaller incision and is less invasive.
Once again, social media video app Vine was used to document the procedure from start to finish. The procedure started at 1pm and began in the anaesthetic room, following the whole procedure until the patient was transferred to the recovery room.
Healthcare communications agency Merchant Marketing supported the activity by providing social media consultancy services.
Spire Bushey Hospital is hoping to live tweet more medical procedures in the near future.
To view the tweets from the procedure, visit our Storify page or follow Spire Bushey Hospital on Twitter @SpireBushey.