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Patients undergoing four common NHS operations rate their recovery

11 August 2016

NHS Digital has published findings of patient surveys taken before and after four common surgical procedures performed by the NHS, to measure patients' health gain.

*NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures
*Regional data are available within this report

The sixth annual report from the Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) programme in England looks at four different non-emergency inpatient hospital procedures:

  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Groin hernia
  • Varicose vein surgery

Covering April 2014 to March 2015, the report provides the results of two sets of questionnaires completed by patients undergoing the non-emergency surgical procedures; one before2 and the other three to six months following treatment3.

The questionnaires ask about how a patient feels before and after the surgery to determine how effective the procedure has been from a patient point of view.

Today's report can be viewed at:


Notes to editors
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2. Before a patient undergoes one of the four PROMs procedures, the provider should offer the patient a pre-operative PROMs questionnaire to complete. This should be completed between the date that the patient is determined to be fit and well enough to undergo surgery and the date the surgery actually takes place. Completion of the PROMs questionnaire is voluntary for the patient and their consent to participate must be granted for the data to be processed and used.

3. Post-operative questionnaires are sent out to patients three months (for groin hernia and varicose vein surgery) or six months (for hip and knee replacement surgery) after the procedure date recorded on their hospital record. For patients whose pre-operative questionnaire is not linked to a hospital record, the three- or six-month count is started 12 weeks after the scan date of the pre-operative questionnaire. The patient can then return the questionnaire at any time thereafter.

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Last edited: 11 April 2018 6:38 pm