NHS Scotland makes major improvements in hip and knee surgery despite massive increase in demand

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John Robertson
NHS Scotland makes major improvements in hip and knee surgery despite massive increase in demand

The demand for primary knee or hip replacements in Scotland has almost doubled, from 7 562 in 2001 to 15 091 in 2018. Despite this, overall length of stay has fallen by nearly 50%. More important, kidney failure, an important complication associated with surgery has fallen from 2.3% in 2016 to only 1.5% in 2018. These are major improvements worthy on media coverage.

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John Robertson
NHS Scotland makes major improvements in hip and knee surgery despite massive increase in demand