RVH offering same-day joint surgeries

Surgery in the morning; recuperating at home that night

In a first for North Simcoe Muskoka, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) has completed a same-day arthroplasty (joint replacement).

Evan Cameron, 64, of Midland, underwent the surgery on a Monday morning and was at home recovering that evening.

“I have no previous experience with surgery or recovery times, as this is my first one. However, my sister in the United Kingdom had the same-day hip surgery done and was up and eating at a restaurant two days later with only crutches for support. Based on her experience, I’m looking forward to a speedy recovery,” says Cameron, a former marathon runner and an avid cyclist. “This is definitely a step in the right direction for patient care – pardon the pun.”

Where possible, same-day surgeries will be offered to all hip patients. Knee and shoulder patients will soon have the same option.

Dr. Marco Vennettilli performed Cameron’s procedure, “Many of the larger hospitals have been able to offer this to patients and it’s exciting that we are able to collaborate with other centres to follow their model. Being able to provide this surgery as a day procedure helps patients with their recovery. Patients are simply more comfortable at home, and with effective pain management strategies in place, patients are able to return to their regular level of activity sooner and that supports a more successful recovery.”

Cameron is hoping, soon, to resume his 30 to 40-kilometre bike rides and taking his dog for long walks.

banner image: Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Marco Vennettilli and patient Evan Cameron give the thumbs up following Cameron’s same-day hip arthroplasty procedure. Same-day surgery will be offered to all appropriate hip arthroplasty patients at RVH, with knee and shoulder patients to follow in a couple of weeks.