Operation a first for the Trust

An 80-year-old man is fighting fit thanks to a surgical first for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

Terry Smith pictured with Mr Desai (far left) and the team that were involved in his treatment.

Shoulder replacements usually require the patient to stay in hospital overnight but Terry Smith was in and out within one day.

Mr Smith, from Grimsby, is believed to be one of the first in the region to have gone under the knife for a shoulder replacement as a day surgery.

The procedure was carried out at Goole hospital by Mr Aravind Desai – an orthopaedic consultant and shoulder specialist.

A shoulder replacement strengthens the muscles around your shoulder and improves your movement.

Mr Smith has since returned to hospital for a follow-up appointment with Mr Desai and his recovery is going really well.

He said: “I would definitely recommend having the operation done as a day case. I was back at home with my wife in the evening.

“I needed the surgery due to wear and tear over the years. One of my hobbies is shooting birds and I am hoping I can do this again once I have recovered.”

Mr Desai said: “He had no power in his left shoulder. We X-rayed him and he had severe arthritis with loss of muscle.

“I perform all my shoulder keyhole surgeries as day case procedures and also perform around 20 to 25 shoulder replacements a year, with an average stay of one night in the hospital.

“Where possible, we would like to operate on elective patients as day cases. It is a win win for the Trust. Age is not a criteria.

“It is certainly a positive move towards enhanced recovery pathway and short stay for elective joint replacements.”

Clinical lead Sairam Alavala said: “I am very pleased that we have done the first day case shoulder replacement in this Trust and the region. This will obviously have a positive effect on reducing the length of stay for patients and improving efficiency.”

Mr Desai said it was a real team effort and wished to give special thanks to Mr Asif Pardiwala, Dr Liz Horsley, Shelley Bradburn, Kelly Shepherd, Tim Fletcher, Karen Cox and Annie Natividad.

He added: “With this successful outcome, we have already performed another shoulder replacement in an elderly patient as a day case at Grimsby hospital and we look forward to performing all such cases as day case procedures wherever possible.”

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