Enhanced Recovery Programme for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement v4
To enhance the recovery of patients having primary hip and knee replacements by a multimodal programme which facilitates early mobility and discharge.
Approximately 600 hip and 600 knee arthroplasties are performed at NNUH each year. Currently our average length of stay is 8 days. Other centres1 in the UK and abroad have introduced enhanced recovery programmes. These focus on the provision of safe effective analgesia with minimal side-effects which then enable early mobility. Centres adopting the enhanced recovery programme have reduced their length of stay significantly.
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