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Surgeries & procedures

Orthopaedic

Orthopaedic surgery focuses on bones and muscles (the musculoskeletal system). It includes the repair of broken bones and injuries to ligaments and tendons, investigation and repair of damaged joints, and treatment of conditions such as bone and soft tissue tumours, cerebral palsy, back pain and skeletal deformities.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by orthopaedic surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days. It also shows the median waiting time for total knee replacement, total hip replacement, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days for those procedures.

Surgery by orthopaedic surgeons: median waiting times

In 2015–16, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by orthopaedic surgeons was 81 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 92 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2015–16 794 81 days 92 days
2014–15 887 63 days 79 days
2013–14 843 50 days 79 days
2012–13 761 50 days 79 days
2011–12 822 35 days 78 days

Surgery by orthopaedic surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2015–16, 2.5% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by orthopaedic surgeons at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 6.6%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2015–16 794 2.5% 6.6%
2014–15 887 1.1% 6.1%
2013–14 843 0.5% 6.7%
2012–13 761 0.1% 8.0%
2011–12 822 1.1% 7.6%

Total knee replacement: median waiting times

In 2015–16, the median waiting time for total knee replacement was 152 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 282 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2015–16 115 152 days 282 days
2014–15 133 113 days 281 days
2013–14 138 82 days 279 days
2012–13 114 77 days 276 days
2011–12 95 82 days 260 days

Total knee replacement: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2015–16, 6.1% of patients waited longer than 365 days for total knee replacement at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 12.7%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2015–16 115 6.1% 12.7%
2014–15 133 3.8% 11.2%
2013–14 138 2.2% 12.9%
2012–13 114 0.9% 17.6%
2011–12 95 7.4% 15.4%

Total hip replacement: median waiting times

In 2015–16, the median waiting time for total hip replacement was 165 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 177 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2015–16 127 165 days 177 days
2014–15 141 106 days 149 days
2013–14 117 76 days 133 days
2012–13 116 80 days 138 days
2011–12 95 69 days 145 days

Total hip replacement: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2015–16, 5.5% of patients waited longer than 365 days for total hip replacement at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 8.3%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2015–16 127 5.5% 8.3%
2014–15 141 0.7% 9.7%
2013–14 117 0.0% 8.6%
2012–13 116 0.0% 12.1%
2011–12 95 1.1% 10.9%

Knee replacements and hip replacements are surgical procedures to replace damaged knee or hip joints, most commonly for arthritis. The data presented here relate to patients who stayed one or more nights for knee replacements without complications and for hip replacements without complications.

Knee replacement: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 72 stays for knee replacement, of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 72 3.1 days 4.5 days 224
2012–13 67 3.3 days 4.5 days 222
2011–12 51 3.8 days 4.9 days 196
2010–11 80 3.9 days 5.3 days 309
2009–10 50 5.4 days 5.6 days 270

Hip replacement: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 94 stays for hip replacement, of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 94 3.9 days 5.3 days 366
2012–13 88 4.1 days 5.4 days 364
2011–12 83 4.6 days 5.8 days 378
2010–11 88 4.4 days 6.3 days 391
2009–10 85 5.9 days 6.6 days 498