Support for patients who need a non-urgent hip or knee operation:
Patients who need a hip or knee replacement already go through a six week programme of physiotherapy and physical exercise to help them get fitter for their operation.
From November 2017, patients who smoke or have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above (an obese body weight), are now encouraged to try to stop smoking and/or lose weight* for a period of up to three months, before they are referred for physiotherapy and surgery.
*Patients will be encouraged to try and reduce their weight by five per cent. For example, if you weigh 95kg/15 stone, this would mean losing 5kg/11 pounds. You can use this calculator to work out five per cent of your current weight.
Find out more about BMI in our ‘Why losing weight before an operation is important’ factsheet. Your GP can help you to work out your BMI, or you can use the BMI healthy weight calculator.
Plans to extend the scheme in 2018:
This year, we are planning to introduce this scheme for other types of non-urgent surgery and patients who smoke or have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above (an obese body weight), will be encouraged to try to stop smoking and/or lose weight for a period of time, before they are referred for non-urgent operations. Our public consultation on these proposals has now closed and we will share the feedback and next steps in early March.