Rapid recovery hip replacement programme

It is common for patients to remain in hospital for up to 10 days after a hip replacement, at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we have been able to reduce this to 3 to 4 days for most patients. This reduces the risks of complications associated with prolonged hospital stay (hospital acquired infection and deep venous thrombosis) and improves patients' sense of well-being.

Developed by surgeons and staff in the orthopaedic department, the programme involves improving patient education and information before and after a hip replacement operation.

This includes

  • the patient attending a two hour session with a physiotherapist, occupational therapist and nurse prior to surgery, to practise exercises and using crutches
  • find out more about the operation and how they might be affected by it and what they can do to help aid their recovery post-surgery
  • a bespoke discharge plan is also agreed in advance, to help prepare the patient for what will happen when they are due to go home and identify any concerns they may have.

Orthopaedic surgeons John Britton, Geoff Stranks and Kevin Conn have optimised surgery by using minimally invasive techniques and use the most modern hip implants.