10th May 2011
Patients could be back on their feet within hours and back home within just two days of knee replacement surgery, if a new technique is rolled out across the NHS.
Rapid rehabilitation knee surgery sees doctors asking patients to do leg raises within half an hour of the usually major surgery, which has previously seen patients stay in hospital for many days, and remain inactive for long periods of time after the operation.
Traditionally knee replacement surgery involves the use of nerve blockers to stem pain while the patient is put under general anaesthetic, the Daily Mail reported.
In this latest method, a large dose of anaesthetic is injected into the tissue around the knee joint, and the patient is given a mild sedative during the procedure.
The method is actively being used at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, Shropshire, and is being introduced at more orthopaedic hospitals around the country.
People can need replacement knee surgery for a variety of reasons, including injury or osteoarthritis.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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