The Sunday Times – Cancellation of Orthopaedic Surgery
The BOA President, Ian Winson, was interviewed for The Sunday Times regarding the cancellation of surgery and the impact on surgeons and patients.
Mr Winson stated that more complex surgery might become necessary as a result of delays caused by the cancellations: “If you put in an artificial delay to surgery, that is almost certainly going to have an effect. You may have to adapt what you are doing and that may have a less good functional outcome for the patient.
“The evidence is that they do not improve their pain scores to normal. They may have a substantial improvement but they don’t get to normal.
“In knee arthritis, often you get deformities occurring and those deformities require more complex prostheses to go in. Deformities can progress during the wait.”