A: The Holy Grail is to provide the patient with an entirely pain-free and normally functioning knee that bends in exactly the same way as a healthy one. This would allow the patient to completely forget about their artificial knee.
Newer knee designs that resemble normal anatomy are an exciting advance along with personalised alignment solutions. However, as new technology is introduced there needs to be a discussion on the risks and benefits of the latest implant designs versus the advantages of the "tried and tested" ones.
A: This has been one of the biggest factors in the recent success of knee replacement/resurfacing procedures. Over the past ten years, we have successfully introduced accelerated or rapid recovery programmes which have seen a dramatic reduction in the length of stay in hospitals around the UK. Early movement greatly reduces complications such as chest infections and blood clots forming and also reduces pain in the replaced knee. The focus is now moving on from this to achieve "permanent and functional recovery" for the patient, enabling them to even return to an active sporting lifestyle if desired.
A: The famous golfer Gary Player once said: "The more we practice, the luckier we get!"
This applies to surgery too. Horder Healthcare performs high volumes of surgical procedures so is able to streamline its approach and reduce serious complications. The excellent patient outcomes achieved at The Horder Centre and The McIndoe Centre certainly contributed to their respective 'outstanding' and 'good' ratings awarded by the Care Quality Commission after their last inspections - both extraordinary achievements.