Recover at Home
Joint replacement is one of the most successful surgeries in the United States. Patients with debilitating arthritis are able to return to many of the activities they enjoy to do thanks to advances in hip, knee, and shoulder replacement.
One of the biggest advances in the past 10 years has been the recovery process. Joint replacement patients used to spend over a week in the hospital and frequently experienced complications such as blood clots, pneumonia, and bed sores. Getting patients up and moving and in their own environment sooner has been shown to increase patient satisfaction and reduce hospital-associated complications.
Is It Safe? Is It for Me?
Outpatient and rapid recovery joint replacement offer patients the ability to undergo a joint replacement procedure and go home later that same day or possibly the next day. There are many factors that go into the decision about what recovery is best for you. Home support, medical conditions, and disease severity all factor into the development of your personalized recovery plan.
What Is Different?
Surprisingly, not much. The advances that we have made in rapid recovery joint replacement are beneficial to most patients. A few of those details involve:
- Optimizing pain medications
- Avoiding the use of sedating narcotic pain medications
- Using spinal or epidural anesthesia to avoid the side effects of general anesthesia
- Efficient and minimally invasive surgery techniques
- Comprehensive preoperative assessment and coaching
- Postoperatively planning and support
Where Do I Have My Surgery?
Outpatient joint replacement can be performed at the hospital or at the surgery center. This gives us more flexibility with accommodating your schedule and making sure we take care of you as best as we can.