Patient takes a tablet for relief during knee surgery

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A great-grandmother has used a tablet computer as a distraction during knee replacement surgery instead of being totally sedated.

Janet Blank, 65, is the first patient to choose the distraction method during surgery at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Ms Blank was awake and “heard everything” during her total knee replacement, which she had under spinal anaesthesia a week ago.

During the two-hour procedure, the great-grandmother-of-10 used an iPad to listen to her favourite radio show.

The benefits include less sickness, drowsiness and confusion after operations while surgeons can communicate with patients.

Ms Blank said she would recommend the technique to anyone, adding: “I didn’t feel any pain and I actually watched the screen when they put the nerve block down my leg which was fascinating.”