Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_4975

Date Request Received: 01/04/2019 13:17:26

Date Request Replied To: 18/04/2019 12:26:00

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Request Summary: Management/outcomes of knee replacement surgery

Request Category: Private Individuals

Question Number 1:
What is the protocol for assessing elderly patients I.e. over 85, who present with osteoarthritic knee joints?
Answer To Question 1:
We have no specific protocol for assessing elderly patients (i.e. over 85) who present with osteoarthritis of the knee joint. All patients are assessed on presentation, exacerbating factors and Patient Reported Outcome Measures such as the Oxford Knee Score as well as radiological assessment. Patients are assessed on an individual basis with other factors such as activity levels, co-morbidities and BMI being taken in to consideration regardless of age.
Question Number 2:
What are the current waiting times for a knee replacement?
Answer To Question 2:
As of 1st April 2019 there were 119 patients waiting for a Total Knee Replacement, which have an average wait time of 105 days.
Question Number 3:
What are the numbers per age range for knee replacements over the last two financial years?
Answer To Question 3:
Over the last two financial years the following numbers of Total Knee Replacement procedures were performed, split by age:

Less than 50 = 8
50-59 = 34
60-69 = 62
70-79 = 103
80 and Over = 57

Less than 50 = 6
50-59 = 35
60-69 = 100
70-79 = 104
80 and Over = 57
Question Number 4:
What type of anaesthesia is used in knee replacement operations?
Answer To Question 4:
All Total Knee Replacement operations are carried out under General Anaesthetic.
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