Fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty…how fast?

Professor Henrik Kehlet and Associate Professor Tom Wainwright

Congratulations to Associate Professor Tom Wainwright who has recently co-authored an editorial in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, with internationally renowned colleagues, Professor Henrik Kehlet from Copenhagen University, and Professor Stavros Memtsoudis from the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York.

The editorial summarises the current state and future challenges for day case and ERAS pathways in hip and knee replacement. Importantly it highlights that peri-operative teams should be mindful to ‘walk before they run’, and remember that the ERAS concept is based on reduction of undesirable pathophysiological responses to surgery in order to enhance recovery, meaning ‘first better, then faster’.

 The article can be viewed ahead of publication here.