OUTPATIENT VS. INPATIENT TOTAL
& PARTIAL JOINT REPLACEMENT
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
The evolution of surgical, anesthesia, and orthopedic implant technologies has made it possible to move total and partial joint replacement surgery out of hospitals and into more convenient and cost-effective outpatient surgical facilities.
In addition to lowering out-of-pocket costs, the biggest difference a patient will experience is a shorter length of stay. Patients are typically released from the surgery center to their home in the first few hours following surgery, rather than the traditional hospital stay of two to four days.
In addition, anesthesia is tailored to each specific patient to allow for safer and faster recovery and discharge from the surgery center.
AAOS Study | Same Day surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
A recent American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons study showed that same-day outcomes were comparable to those of patients admitted to the hospital and staying at least one night following surgery.
Surgical site infection rates, a common complication leading to hospital re-admission following inpatient joint replacement surgery is also much lower at surgery centers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outpatient surgery centers have an infection rate that is less than half that of hospital inpatient facilities.
ISMOSC JOINT REPLACEMENT PROGRAM
By The Numbers
AFTER OUTPATIENT JOINT REPLACEMENT
How am I supported at home?
Prior to scheduling outpatient joint replacement surgery, patients and family members will participate in a comprehensive pre-operative assessment and patient education program designed to provide all the information necessary to make the patient and family members knowledgeable about the care plan.
Following surgery, patients are discharged to the comfort of their own homes with the support of home health nursing visits and physical therapy. With continuing support from the patient’s surgeon, physical therapists and family members, patients will be excited by the dramatic improvement in their lifestyles!
Outpatient joint replacement
Am I a candidate?
Not every patient who is interested in outpatient total joint replacement qualifies. Candidates need to be in reasonably good physical condition, and they should demonstrate a motivation to return to an active lifestyle, better than they had pre-surgery. It is also crucial for the patient to have a strong support system in their home. It is imperative to have a support system that you can rely on.
We work with the patient and primary caregiver responsible for staying with the patient to make sure they have everything needed for a successful home recovery. Change does not happen overnight and your active participation in the healing process is imperative to ensure a successful outcome.
"What makes outpatient joint replacement possible?
what is a prothesis
A solution for osteoarthritis.
When parts of your arthritic or damaged joint are removed, they will be replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint. Millions of people have returned to normal daily activity levels utilizing these devices.
Currently, more than 7 million Americans are living with artificial knees and/or hips. According to U.S. figures, an additional 1 million joint replacement surgical procedures are being performed each year. Hip, knee, and shoulder replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacement surgical procedures, but joint replacement surgery can also be performed on other joints including the ankle, wrist and elbow.