Consequences de la mise en place du programme Norwich de recuperation acceleree apres prothese totale de hanche ou de genou

T. O. Smith, C. McCabe, S. Lister, S. P. Christie, J. Cross

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Background/Hypothesis: To report the analysis of the initial rehabilitation results of the Norwich Enhanced Recovery Programme (NERP), regime with increased postoperative physiotherapy input following total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) performed under spinal anaesthetic with wound catheter infiltration.

Materials and methods: A secondary analysis of a service improvement programme was undertaken from an acute national health service hospital in the United Kingdom. Ninety-five patients listed for THA (n = 67) or TKA (n = 28) were reviewed during the first six postoperative weeks. All received an enhanced postoperative programme including commencement of mobilisation 4 hours postoperatively and physiotherapy interventions a minimum of twice daily during hospital admission. The primary outcome measure was the Iowa Level of Assistance Score at discharge. Secondary outcomes included length of hospital stay (LOS), visual analogue scale pain at discharge and complications during the initial six postoperative weeks.

Results: The NERP is a successful rehabilitation regime for patients following THA and TKA, facilitating early safe discharge (mean LOS = 3.5 days) with minimal complications. Patients who commenced mobilisation on the day of the operation reported significantly reduced pain score (p = 0.02) and length of stay (p < 0.01) compared to those who did not. Thirty-four percent of patients were discharged with rollator frames.

Conclusions: Whilst the early results of the NERP allow patients who have undergone THA or TKA surgery a short hospital length of stay, its demand on outreach physiotherapy suggests that the availability of such community services is imperative to ensure the appropriate progression of rehabilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-443
Number of pages2
JournalRevue de chirurgie orthopedique et traumatologique
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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