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Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital Reveals Length-of-Stay Down by Over a Third

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The length-of-stay for a total hip replacement has declined 42 per cent from an average six night stay in 2006 to three-and-a-half nights in 2015. For total knee replacement the decline has been equally as dramatic, down from 5.8 nights in 2006 to 3.5 nights in 2015, a reduction of 40 per cent.

Orthopaedic Consultant Wilhelm Wagner from Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital said, “The past ten years have seen changes in the technology and techniques used for orthopaedic surgery which have reduced the need for lengthy hospital stays and improved recovery times. Incisions have become smaller and there has been a reduction in the amount of trauma to the area around the joint in arthroplasty surgery.”

Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital has been performing orthopaedic surgery for 38 years and in 2015, helped improve the lives of 2,146 patients through orthopaedic interventions. Mr Wagner said, “At Nuffield Wolverhampton Hospital we see patients with a variety of conditions each year; people with arthritis following sports injuries, those who have developed painful joints due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis and those with congenital abnormalities. The types of treatments we’re able to provide today are so much safer and better then in the past.”

Booking are now being taken for a free open event, being hosted by Mr Wagner and his consultant colleague Mr Hart, about Hip & knee Surgery on the evening of Tuesday 11 October at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital. Ring 01902 267619 to reserve your place.

Earlier this year Nuffield Health revealed a dramatic rise in the number of hip and knee replacements in those under 55. The rise is attributed partly to the Baby Boomer generation seeking treatment to maintain active lives.

Nuffield Health Medical Director Geoff Graham said, “Nuffield Health has been involved in some of the most important developments in orthopaedic surgery. Our hospital in Oxford was an early home for the development of the Oxford Knee which was pioneered 40 years ago this year - now used the world over. More recently surgeons working in our hospitals have begun using a new technique for hip replacement, which can mean patients are up walking in a matter of hours after surgery.”

Last modified on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 12:31

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