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Rapid Recovery Programme


Rapid Recovery is an innovative programme for hip, knee, shoulder and elbow patients having joint replacement or other reconstructive or remedial surgery.


The principle elements of the St Joseph’s Rapid Recovery programme are as follows:


  • you are well prepared for surgery by receiving very detailed information before admission, together with a pre-operative physiotherapy programme
  • our staff are specially trained in these techniques and their engagement with patients
  • small groups of patients undergo surgery on the same day so they can go through the programme together and provide support and encouragement
  • pioneering surgical and anaesthetic techniques, resulting in avoidance of post operative discomfort and nausea
  • you are mobilised the day of, or the day after surgery. You remain in day-time clothes all day long, in a comfortable chair, without bed rest during the day
  • you are motivated through group therapy and coached by a family member or relative
  • physiotherapy instructions are given before the operation and after the operation the exercises are done in a group
  • your discharge day is planned before the operation
  • home care or rehabilitation is organised before your admission to the hospital
  • caregivers keep in contact with the patient after discharge, maintaining the quality of care and evaluating patient satisfaction


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The Rapid Recovery service has been proven to significantly reduce patient recovery times and to minimise complications following joint surgery.


The majority of patients are ready to go home within 24 to 72 hours, usually experiencing the full benefit of their joint replacement soon after that.

Patient journey

Mr Swenson, aged 72, underwent total hip replacement surgery in March 2017 at St Joseph’s Hospital with orthopaedic consultant, Mr Aled Evans.


Mr Swenson was out of bed within 24 hours, independently walking on crutches within 3 days, after which he was discharged. He returned to St Joseph’s in the weeks following surgery to complete a physiotherapy programme.

Take a look at Mr Swenson’s patient journey with us:



Colin Swenson,

Malpas, Newport.


Our treatments

AC joint decompression
AC joint reconstruction
Ankle arthroscopy
Ankle fusion
Ankle ligament repair
Ankle replacement
Arthroscopic decompression of patellar tendonisis
Arthroscopic meniscal repair
Biceps tendon repair
Big toe cheilectomy
Big toe joint fusion
Carpal Tunnel release
Cervical disc replacement
Clavicle surgery
Complex surgery wrist
Cruciate ligament reconstruction - anterior
Distal radius fracture fixation
DRUJ surgery and replacment
Elbow arthritis surgery
Elbow arthroscopy
Elbow ganglion excision
Elbow replacement
Excision of bursa of elbow
Extracorporeal shock wave treatment
Facet joint injection
Finger joint replacement
Fluoroscopic injection
Foot bunion removal
Foot surgery
Fracture fixation surgery
Frozen shoulder surgery
Ganglion and tumour excision in the hand and wrist
Ganglion removal feet
Ganglion removal hand and wrist
Hand and wrist ligament reconstruction
Hand joint ligament repair
Hip arthroscopy
Hip replacement
Hip replacement revision surgery
Image guided injections into joint
Knee arthroscopy
Knee cap joint replacement
Knee cap stabilisation
Knee cartilage surgery
Knee realignment surgery
Knee replacement
Management of back pain
Meniscal repair surgery
Meniscal transplantation
Microdiscectomy for disc prolapse
Midfoot fusions
Minimally invasive spinal procedures
OK procedure of the elbow
Open and minimally invasive fixation techniques including cementation
Osteochonral reconstruction of articular surface
Osteocyte transplantation
Partial knee replacement
Pectoralis major tendon repair
PRP injection
Radiofrequency ablation
Repair of tibialis posterior tendon
Rheumatoid foot reconstruction
Rheumatoid hand and wrist joint surgery
Rotator cuff surgery
Scaphoid fracture repair
Scapular surgery
Shoulder arthroscopic debridement
Shoulder arthroscopic decompression
Shoulder arthroscopic release
Shoulder biceps tenodesis
Shoulder replacement
Shoulder replacement revision surgery
Shoulder reverse polarity replacement
Shoulder SLAP repair
Shoulder stabilisation - Bankart repair
Spinal decompression
Spinal fusions
Spinal surgery
Stress views
Tendon repair
Thumb arthritis surgery
Toe deformity correction
Toe replacement
Trapeziumectomy for thumb base osteoarthritis
Triangular fibrocartilage complex surgery wrist
Trigger finger and trigger thumb release
Ulnar nerve release
Various spinal injections
Wrist replacement
Zadeks (toe nail removal)

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