Hip and Knee Surgery – very positive outcomes:

The reduction of pain and increased function following hip and knee replacement procedures at Blackrock Clinic was recorded through the Oxford Hip and Knee Questionnaire. Through this method, a mean score was calculated for 243 knee replacement patients and 300 hip replacement and resurfacing patients. The Mean Oxford Score for the knee patients fell from 37.6 to 24.6 in 6 months and from 36.7 to 19.4 in 6 months for the hip patients.

Their outcomes demonstrate a statistically significant improvement in terms of overall patient quality of life following joint replacement.

Wound infections

Wound infections for hip operations are significantly below international benchmarks. Many germs live in and on our body and also in our environment. Most germs are harmless and our bodies have natural defenses against the few germs that can cause harm. Our skin, for example, prevents germs from entering our bodies. A surgical wound infection occurs when the germs enter the incision that the surgeon makes through your skin in order to carry out the operation.

A surgical wound infection can develop at any time from two to three days after the surgery until the wound is healed (usually two or three weeks after the operation ). Very occasionally, an infection can occur several months after an operation.

Most surgical wounds are limited to the skin, but can spread occasionally to deeper tissues. Infections are more likely to occur after the surgery on parts of the body that harbour lots of germs such as the gut. Wound infections are relatively uncommon but as you can see below, from hip surgery at Blackrock Clinic the wound infection rates are significantly below the international benchmarks.

Statistics:

Year %
2008 0.8%
2009 1.5%
2010 2.6%
2011 1.6%
2012 0.6%
2013 0.7%
2014 1.05%
2015 1.2%