Città Di Pavia Hospital part of San Donato Hospital Group proposes a protocol of hip replacement surgery that aims to reduce invasiveness and ‘discomfort’.
In fact as explained by Dr Emanuele Caldarella, Head of the Operational Unit of Orthopedic Minimal invasive Surgery “You cannot and should not identify the ‘mini invasiveness’ with the small size of the cut. From a surgical point of view, it is crucial to adopt tissue saving methods that reduce the actual invasiveness of the procedure, regardless of the size of the cut.
Thanks to our long years of experience in these surgeries and our continuous engagement in research on the application of minimally invasive techniques in the prosthetic field – continues the specialist – has led us to develop a so-called ‘FAST TRACK’ protocol that aims to reduce every element of possible invasiveness and ‘discomfort’ towards the patient, while reducing the so-called ‘disease perception’ linked to hospitalization and surgical pathway.”
This protocol can also be adapted to each patient based on their needs and general conditions. A very fragile and elderly patient, could benefit greatly from minimally invasive anesthesiology techniques but perhaps he will not be eligible for a discharge to his home just 72 hours after surgery. In this case, a longer rehabilitation admission will be recommended.”
The advantages of the protocol
The objectives of this FAST TRACK protocol are:
These results, unthinkable by applying the classic protocols of hospitalization, are possible thanks to the widespread organization of work, the appropriate information and training of the patient and the rigorous application of the appropriate surgical, rehabilitative and anesthesiology techniques”.
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