Change knee and hip replacements from elective to emergency surgery in relevant cases.

Change knee and hip replacements from elective to emergency surgery in relevant cases.

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Derek Pearson started this petition to National Health Service and

Due to Osteo-Arthritis my wife can hardly walk and has to use crutches at all times. She recently fell due to her arthritic knee giving out. She had to stay in hospital for six days due to her injuries. There have been previous similar falls where the ambulance has had to attend. She is still waiting for her knee replacement procedure after seven years. An incurable skin condition being used more than once as a reason not to go ahead.
Some surgeons want to protect their success rates and don't wish to put that percentage at risk, meaning the label 'elective' surgery has become overused and people who need  a joint replacement are being left to fall and repeatedly injure themselves or are avoidably wheelchair bound. Unfortunately recipients of these life- changing procedures are more likely to be picked due to the ease of performing the operation rather than the level of need. This is because the NHS states that knee, hip and other joint replacements are elective surgery so on top of having to wait well over six months for an operation it is entirely possible that the surgeon will still 'elect' not to go ahead.
I believe people who regularly fall and risk further injury or death, should have their need for joint replacement surgery seen as being an emergency procedure. This should also extend to those who are wheelchair bound. Surely, If someone's quality of life is impacted to that degree they should be considered an emergency  to avoid any more injury from falls or avoidable misery in  a wheelchair.

To summarise. I propose that joint replacements for all all patients who have or are at a high risk of falling and injuring themselves should be treated as emergencies rather than elective surgery. Likewise if a patient is  wheelchair bound due only to the lack of a  joint replacement procedure that the same rules should apply.

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