Sussex hospital pioneers hip operation to cut recovery time

Patient being injected in back by doctor The procedure involves local anaesthetic being injected into the patient's back

Related Stories

A new way of doing hip operations in Sussex has reduced the amount of time patients spend in hospital by almost a half.

St Richard's Hospital, in Chichester, is using local anaesthetic, instead of general anaesthetic and morphine during surgery.

Hospital staff say that some patients who have had full hip replacements are up and walking within hours.

Time spent in hospital has fallen from seven days to less than four.

The patient is injected with local anaesthetic into their back and affected joint.

'Big change'

Dr Cathryn Eitel, consultant anaesthetist, said: "Patients can expect to be up and about the day they have the surgery.

"They will all be able to eat and drink on the day of their surgery and they will no longer have to have fluids attached to them."

The operation takes an hour-and-a-half, during which the patient is awake, though can be sedated to make them feel "woozy".

Mark White, senior physiotherapist, said the surgery had been a "big change".

"People are feeling less dizzy, less nauseous and having less pain," he said.

St Richard's said other hospitals around the country have also stopped using morphine, but it is the first to develop a specialist system involving operating staff, physios and recovery nurses in the procedure.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Sussex



Min. Night 6 °C


  • FridgeCool customer

    The village that has just got its first fridge

  • Lincoln Perkins (in the middle of the image) carried Churchill's coffin with seven other menNear miss

    How pallbearers almost dropped Churchill's coffin

  • Josef Mengele in SS uniformThe twins of Auschwitz

    How a Nazi doctor experimented on identical siblings

  • Alok'Red market'

    The desperate patients in India turning to illegal blood donors

  • Bank House, 27 King Street, LeedsIn pictures

    Some of the office buildings new to the National Heritage List

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.