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Rapid Recovery TM is designed to match every step in the care process to your specific needs



“The pain is so bad that I can barely walk…”

Every year, millions of people all over the world suffer from pain in their joint. Joints are protected by a tissue called cartilage. It slowly breaks down as we grow older. We call this osteoarthritis. When the cartilage completely breaks down, the bone to bone contact is what causes pain. 

In severe osteoarthritis, the joint can be replaced with a prosthesis. The aim of such an intervention is to reduce pain, restore self-reliance and resume daily activities.

In an effort to provide the best possible outcome, the team of collaborating disciplines (orthopaedic surgeon, anesthesiologist, physiotherapist, nurse, etc) have set up standardised protocols and processes. The protocols are evidence based and ensure high quality of care, safe practice and better predictable outcome1-5. All the medical disciplines work closely together with you, in order to ensure that every step in the care process is matched to your specific needs. Even your discharge from the hospital will be discussed upfront, including the situation at home and recommendations for a potential follow-up treatment/ rehabilitation.

With the support of the medical team, you are supported in achieving your goals during every step of the way.

At first, it is totally normal to step back from the surgery and have some concerns. Your orthopaedic surgeon will give you all necessary details to make sure you understand why you could benefit from the surgery and when you will be able to enjoy using your new joint again. Remember, you are not sick, you just need a new joint! We advise you to go through all the information you have received, together with your partner, a family member or an acquaintance, well in advance of the planned operation. Don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you need. In this way you can optimally prepare for your treatment and recovery.

  • An extensive information process and patient education materials
  • An indication for home care or other aftercare, if applicable, before your admission
  • Optimal management of your pain during your rehabilitation
  • Mobilisation as soon as possible to quickly return to your daily activities
  • A fully detailed physiotherapy protocol to support you during the full recovery
  • Clear discharge criteria to ensure your safe return home
  • The start of your rehabilitation immediately after the surgery
  • A long term solution

Over the last decades we have gained experience in pathway optimisation in the broader area of musculoskeletal health. Experiences we continuously use to improve all our programmes.

For more information about osteoarthritis, types of treatments, and rehabilitation within the Rapid Recovery Programme, always contact your orthopaedic surgeon.

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  2. Larsen K, Hansen TB, Thomsen B, Christiansen T, Soballe K. Cost-effectiveness of accelerated perioperative care and rehabilitation after total hip and knee arthroplasty. The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery 2009;91:761-72.
  3. Khan SK, Malviya A, Muller SD, Carluke I, Partington PF et al. Reduced short-term complications and mortality following Enhanced Recovery primary hip and knee arthroplasty: results from 6,000 consecutive procedures. Acta Orthopaedica 2014;85(1):26–31.
  4. Houlihan-Burne D.G., Akhtar K.S. N. Optimization of the Patient Undergoing Total Knee Arthroplasty – The Rapid Recovery Programme. The UK, Hillingdon hospital & Mount Vernon hospital. Journal of clinical rheumatology & musculoskeletal medicine 2010;1:2.
  5. Specht K, Kjaersgaard-Andersen P, Kehlet H, WedderKopp N, Pedersen BD. High patient satisfaction in 445 patients who underwent fast-track hip or knee replacement. Acta Orthop.2015 Jun;24:1-6[Epub ahead of print]
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Results are not necessarily typical, indicative, or representative of all recipient patients. Results will vary due to health, weight, activity and other variables. Only a medical professional can determine the treatment appropriate for your specific condition. Appropriate post-operative activities and restrictions will differ from patient to patient. Talk to your surgeon about whether joint replacement is right for you and the risks of the procedure, including the risk of implant wear, infection, loosening, breakage or failure.