NHS praised for knee and hip ops2nd September 2008
The health service has been commended by the Royal College of Surgeons for its hip and knee replacement surgeries.
The Royal College researched 150,000 joint replacements carried out by the NHS, as reported by the Public Library of Science journal. The results revealed that only "one in 75 patients needed revisions within three years".
The research team studied 76,576 hip replacements and 80,697 knee replacements from 2003.
In total, only 1.4% of both categories of surgery had to be revised. However, operations to resurface the hip - where the thigh bone is covered in metal - showed more revisions at 2.6%.
Knee replacements which employ the unicondylar technique showed that 2.8% needed to be revised within three years.
The low revision rate "compared favourably with other countries" such as Australia and Sweden, which collect information about the surgery.
The percentage of patients who needed revision after hip resurfacing operations in Australia was over 3%. Revisions reached more than 2% for complete hip replacement surgery.
Sweden showed that revisions for unicondylar knee replacements was almost 5%.
John Black, of the Royal College of Surgeons, said the result of the study was a "credit to the nation's orthopaedic surgeons".
Professor Alan Silman, director of the Arthritis Research Campaign, praised the "very low" number of revisions.
He said: "The fact that revision rates are highest for hip resurfacing and unicompartmental knee is not surprising as they are both fairly new surgical techniques."
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Title: NHS praised for knee and hip ops
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 8092
Date Added: 2nd Sep 2008