Delivering the Best Outcomes for Patients….

South Tees offers a safe environment for patients to undergo hip and knee replacement while also delivering excellent clinical outcomes.

The unit’s results can be seen online on the National Joint Registry Surgeon and Hospital Profile website.

Our results can also be found as part of the British Orthopaedic Association ‘Getting it right first time’ report which can be downloaded below.

Getting it right first time report (604kb)
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Our performance rates

Low rates of implant failure (revision rates)

Figures from the 2014 Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) report demonstrate that hip and knee replacements performed by South Tees surgeons have low rates of failure (See GIRFT report link above).

  • Only 1 in every 163 hips implanted at South Tees have been revised at one year and one in every 43 have been revised by five years. Put another way if you have a hip replacement done at South Tees you have a better than 99% chance that it will last a year or more and better than 97% chance it will last five years or more.
  • Only one in every 217 knees implanted at South Tees have been revised at one year and one in every 46 have been revised by five years. Put another way if you have a knee replacement done at South Tees you have a better than 99% chance that it will last a year or more and better than 97% chance it will last five years or more.

Low rates of mortality

Mortality rates following hip and knee replacements are low. The mortality rate following hip replacement at South Tees is below the national average and the mortality rate following knee replacement is equivalent to national figures (See GIRFT report link above).

Excellent patient outcomes

Since 2008 the Department of Health has been measuring the performance of hip and knee replacements using specific tools completed by patients. These are known as Patient Reported Outcome Measures or PROMs. These questionnaires ask specific questions about relief of pain and improvement in function. For the hip we use the Oxford Hip Score (OHS) and for the knee the Oxford Knee Score (OKS). Figures for South Tees taken from the 2014 GIRFT report  show that patients operated on at South Tees have greater improvements in both their OHS and OKS compared to other centres in the region and the expected national results. This means that patients who receive an operation at South Tees can improve to a greater extent that those operated on elsewhere.

Reduced length of patient stay

Our patients have the advantage of an enhanced recovery programme which results in them spending less time in hospital.  Our current length of stay is a full day shorter than for equivalent procedures performed locally and nationally.

Reduced waiting times

The average waiting time for our clinic appointments is two to three and we have reduced our surgery waiting times for the vast majority of our hip and knee replacement patients below the 18 week national target. Currently approximately 90% of hip and knee replacement patients are operated on within 18 weeks of their date of referral.