Patients undergoing elective inpatient surgery for four common elective procedures (hip and knee replacement, varicose vein surgery and groin hernia surgery) funded by the English NHS are asked to complete questionnaires before and after their operations to assess improvement in health as perceived by the patients themselves.
Extended analyses of the latest finalised data are published three times a year as 'special topics'. The latest Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire (link below), was published on 14th November 2013.
This is an additional extended monthly publication for the purpose of highlighting the change in the reporting of hip and replacement PROMs into separate primary and revision procedures from a single combined value. This change has been made following feedback from clinicians and other PROMs data users that this would make the data more relevant and useful to them.