Treatment Videos

Patients who have undergone rapid recovery joint replacement surgery

The patients below have kindly given their permission to have a short video clip of themselves, following their rapid recovery joint replacement surgery in order to help you better understand what this technique aims to achieve. Please take the time to have a look at them. The video clips demonstrate four very different patients who have undergone either a total hip replacement or a total knee replacement utilising this new technique. It demonstrates the patients at various stages in the hours following their surgery. We hope this will help shed some light on the post-operative journey.

Patient 1: 4 hours after his total knee replacement.

Here the patient has started his post-operative rehabilitation 4 hours after his operation. He is shown bending his knee to 90 degrees and has started practicing walking with his new knee. The team of health professionals looking after you will endeavour to begin this process with you as soon as possible. This will allow you to start strengthening your muscles, pump blood through your calf veins to reduce the risk of blood clots and help you maximise early range of movement in order to reduce scarring and contractures.

Patient 2: 17 hours after her total knee replacement.

Here this patient is demonstrated 17 hours after her total knee replacement. Here you see her walking independently. Note that her leg is still wrapped in a special bandage. This is applied to assist with some of the early swelling that follows the operation. The nurses have also iced the leg intermittently to assist with the swelling. This patient is now ready to go home. Prior to being discharged the initial bandages will be exchanged for an elastic dressing.

Patient 3: 20 Hours after her total knee replacement.

Here this patient is demonstrated 20 hours after her total knee replacement. The physiotherapist and occupational therapist have assessed her and she is now ready to be discharged home. From this point on the physiotherapist will continue to work with her in order to maximise her rehabilitation.

Patient 4: 18 hours after his total hip replacement.

Here this patient is demonstrated 18 hours after his total hip replacement.

He has undergone a physical assessment to ensure that he has adequate strength, is able to mobilise comfortably, and is able to ascend and descend a flight of stairs. The physiotherapist will determine if any walking aids are required and will commence the patient on a tailored exercise program.

You will note this patient has also been fitted with a pair of TED stockings. These are used to further assist with reducing the risk of blood clots. Early mobilisation however remains the most important factor in reducing this overall risk. This patient is now ready to go home. From here on the physiotherapist will conduct home visits in order to continue with the patient's rehabilitation program.
While most patients are ready to go home within 24 hours of their surgery, it’s not imperative. The technique aims to achieve the level of comfort demonstrated by the patients seen above. Your post-operative rehabilitation is tailored to your individual needs. The aim of this technique is to get you comfortable, and back to normal, as quickly as possible with as little side effects and complications as possible.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only. Please contact Mr George Bousounis to find out if rapid recovery joint surgery is appropriate for your individual situation.
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