Doctors Say New Method Can Speed Up Orthopedic Surgery By More Than 50 Per Cent

by The Canadian Press ,  | 2011-06-22

VANCOUVER - A group of anesthesiologists at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver have issued a report on a new surgical method that they say can speed up orthopedic operations by more than 50 per cent.

It includes the construction of two special operating rooms in the hospital, staffed by a single surgeon and a single anesthesiologist.

Patients are given local, rather than general anesthesia, allowing surgeons to work quickly on one patient after another, and allowing patients to go home less than a half hour after their operation.

In a study of the method published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, project researcher Dr. Steve Head says using the approach could increase the number of surgeries each day by at least 56 per cent.

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