This data was taken from a survey of hip replacement patients recruited via this site, facebook and twitter.
At this stage the number of responses is still relatively low (n=45) and so this report will be confined to areas where sufficient responses have been submitted to make the results meaningful.
The hip replacement survey asked patients whether they feel they had their surgery at the correct time and whether the view of what the correct time changed between pre- and post- op.
Almost 1/3 of respondents to the hip replacement survey felt they would have benefited from having their surgery done earlier. The vast majority of these patients were from the USA.
Total number of responses analysed = 28
UK: All respondents reported that they believed they were having surgery at the correct time.
USA: 1 out of 20 (5%) respondents felt that they were having surgery earlier than necessary and 4 out of 20 (20%) felt they were having it later.
UK: 1 out of 8 (1%) felt that they would have benefited from having surgery earlier. Nobody felt that they had undergone surgery too early.
USA: 7 of the 20 (35%) respondents felt that they would have benefited from having surgery earlier. Nobody felt that they had undergone surgery too early.
Total: 8 out of 28 (29%) felt that they would have benefited from having surgery earlier. Whilst nobody felt that they should have waited longer before the operation.
UK: After surgery 1 person reported that they felt they would have benefited from having surgery earlier. No one felt they should have waited longer.
USA: I person who initially thought they were having surgery too early felt, post-op, that they had had it at the right time All 4 of the people who thought they were having surgery later than the optimal time felt the same after surgery 3 people who before the operation felt they were having surgery at the right time reported, post-op, that they felt they had waited longer then necessary.
Post-operatively no patient felt that they had undergone surgery earlier than necessary. 29% of respondents felt they would have benefited from having the procedure carried out earlier.
Only 1% of UK patients felt, post-operatively, that they should have had the surgery done earlier compared 35% of USA patients.
However all respondents who felt they would have benefited from having surgery earlier who answered the question on funding were funded by health insurance.
The questionnaire did not include a question about who decided on the timing of the surgery - patient, surgeon or funder.
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