Hip replacement patient home on day of operation

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A PATIENT from Hailsham has become the first to undergo a hip replacement at Eastbourne DGH and return home the same day.

Andrew Pike, 38, pictured right, left the hospital just six hours after having a full hip replacement operation thanks to advanced surgical techniques and a rehabilitation programme which allows patients to be treated at home.

Usually they spend up to three days in a hospital bed.

Mr Pike underwent the procedure to correct a childhood hip condition and was impressed with how quickly he was back at home.

“I was up and about two hours after the operation and was fully weight-bearing with crutches when I went home. I was told beforehand that I would go home the same day but I still find it amazing that it took such a short time.

“I have two children and couldn’t do things like play football with them before, but hopefully I will be able to now. The staff have been fantastic and I can’t praise the hospital enough,” he said.

Andrew Skyrme, an orthopaedic consultant surgeon who performed the surgery, said, “We have been performing short-stay hip replacement surgery for a while but this is the first time a patient at the DGH has returned home on the same day and within six hours of surgery.

“The programme involves a small team focused on a process tailored to suit the needs of each patient. The technologies and surgical techniques reduce the trauma of the surgery, which mean patients can recover quicker.”

A smaller incision is made which means there is less damage to the tissue and, effectively, a shorter stay in hospital.

The programme, developed by Andrew Armitage and his colleagues, involves a team of specialists, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and rehabilitation support workers. It is only appropriate for patients who are relatively young and are otherwise fit and healthy.