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, Knee Surgery
Many germs live in and on our bodies and also in our environment. Most germs are harmless and our bodies have natural defences against the few germs that can cause harm. Our skin, for example, prevents germs from entering our bodies.
A surgical wound infection occurs when 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 surgery until the wound has healed (usually two to three weeks after the operation). Very occasionally, an infection can occur several months after an operation.
Most surgical wound infections are limited to the skin, but can spread occasionally to deeper tissues. Infections are more likely to occur after 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, for knee surgery at Blackrock Clinic the wound infection rates are significantly below international benchmarks.