South Queensferry resident first to try medical technology

A South Queensferry resident was one of the first patients to experience a groundbreaking medical device.

Wednesday, 13th July 2016, 9:07 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th July 2016, 10:12 am
The new technology could be a game changer in recovery from knee surgery

The revolutionary equipment is being trialled for the first time in Europe at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow and Wendy Dunnett was one of the lucky ones who got to try it first.

The remote control knee device could be the next big thing for post surgery care for knee replacement patients.

The new technology allows the Arthroplasty team to monitor patients who have had the surgery with an aim of improving recovery for thousands across the country.

Patients wear a motion tracker which synchronises with a tablet application to monitor the range of motion in their new knee. A key indicator of improvement following surgery, patients should aim to achieve a range of motion of at least 90 degrees flexion at six weeks, with 120 degrees seen as significant progress.

The app runs patients through a daily exercise routine and records the results from the motion tracker. Consultants receive regular updates and can provide up-to-date advice to the patient before their six-week check-up.

Wendy said: “The remote control knee device was a massive help to me as I carried out exercises to build strength up in my knee.

“I could see on a daily basis how I was progressing and it really motivated me to keep doing my physio and encouraged me to do the best I could. I was able to see I was doing the right exercise in the right way.”

Medical director at the hospital Mike Higgins believes the hospital has a track record of pioneering new treatments for the benefit of patients.

He said: “It is hoped this new device will significantly improve recovery for patients having knee surgery, allowing consultants to check on their progress more regularly no matter how far away they stay.”

The device has got Wendy’s seal of approval. She said: “I would recommend this device to all knee patients and hope in the future that it will benefit lots more patients. It was a huge help in my recovery.”