Discharge on the day of surgery following unicompartmental knee arthroplasty within the United Kingdom NHS

B. Bradley, S. Middleton, N. Davis, M. Williams, M. Stocker, M. Hockings, D. L. Isaac
  • The Bone & Joint Journal, May 2017, Bone & Joint
  • DOI: 10.1302/0301-620x.99b6.bjj-2016-0540.r2

What is it about?

This is a review of our experience with managing partial knee replacements as day cases, with patients going home on the day of their knee replacement surgery

Why is it important?

Sending patients home on the day of partial knee replacement surgery is not routinely undertaken, but is preferred by patients as they don't have to spend days in hospital, and preferred by healthcare managers as it saves money.


David Isaac

This has been a really worthwhile project to lead, and demonstrates a great team effort, from theatre staff to the outreach nursing team.

Michael Hockings

I would recommend that day case uni knee replacement is achievable for most units. It is safe, and results show happy patients & surgeons. There are considerable savings for the heath community.

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The following have contributed to this page: David Isaac and Michael Hockings