Patients recovering from surgery get infections far more often than is being reported, according to a new study led by De Montfort University in Leicester.
Infection prevention specialists are now calling on the Department of Health to bring in a system so hospitals can identify the true scale of surgical infections.
A hospital in Birmingham will become the first in the West Midlands to use a newly-designed implant for spinal deformity.
Patients currently undergo a long and complex surgery.
But new, much simpler technology being used at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital means they can be treated as out-patients.