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ASI Rapid Recovery Case Study

Mrs Baker Rapid Recovery patient

aged 62, Teaching Assistant, retired due to poor mobility

Surgeon: Mr Vikas Vedi

Hospital: Hillingdon & Mount Vernon NHS Trust

Procedure: ASI Taperloc with Rapid Recovery

Mrs Baker

Mrs Baker had been fit and healthy until 2008 when she started to complain of back ache which was affecting her daily living. In June 2009 she was referred to Mr Vedi and was listed for a bilateral total hip replacement in November.


By February 2010 Mrs Baker had her first surgery – a right total hip replacement with a posterior approach. This was followed in May 2010 with a left total hip replacement but this time with an ASI approach through the Rapid Recovery Programme.

After the second hip replacement, Mrs Baker did not require Occupational Therapy resources and used her crutches for only a couple of weeks as opposed to 12 weeks with her first hip replacement. At her check up, Mrs Baker felt both her hips were now recovered to the same level, despite there being 12 weeks difference in recovery time between them.

Mr Vedi said that in follow-up clinics with his patients, who had hip replacements using the ASI approach with Rapid Recovery, he found them to be happier with the outcome, their rehabilitation was quicker and they had less pain. 

The Procedure


  • 07.00 Admitted
  • 11.00 Operation with general anaesthetic
  • Taperloc with ASI approach
  • No catheter. No morphine.
  • 14.30 Walked with frame escorted by physio


  • 11.00 Walked to X-ray
  • Up, dressed & out of bed all day
  • Exercised independently
  • 14.00 Stair practice



  • 11.00 Discharged 

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If you are a patient reading this story, please bear in mind that it is one individual person’s health story that is being presented here.  Whether this surgery would also be possible in your circumstances, and whether results could be similar, depends entirely on your doctor’s evaluation, your personal health situation, age, fitness, weight and a number of other circumstances.  Please also bear in mind that having surgery is always associated with risk and that you must take time to recover; in particular, the success of a surgery depends to no small extent on your own commitment to physical therapy following surgery.