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Rapid Discharge Joint Replacement
Total joint replacement was traditionally considered an inpatient surgical procedure that required a few days of recuperation in the hospital. Advances during the past decade in techniques and technology have improved not only the procedure, but how quickly the patient recovers.
At the Total Joint Center, we are at the forefront of these advances, providing our patients the latest treatment options along with superior outcomes.
We consistently perform better than the national average in clinical outcomes and patient experience, with lower rates of infections, fewer readmissions, and faster returns home after surgery.
If you are planning to receive a total joint hip, shoulder, or knee replacement, you may be a candidate for rapid discharge.
Replace the Joints, Recover at Home
More people are staying active as part of a healthy lifestyle. While that’s great news, all that activity can take a toll on our joints as we age.
What Comes After Total Joint Replacement?
Total joint replacement, including knee and hip replacement, is rapidly becoming one of the most commonly performed procedures in orthopedics.
What is a Rapid Discharge Joint Replacement?
Advanced surgical techniques as well as updated anesthesia methods and post-surgical protocols have led to improved pain control in patients who have a new joint implant. That means you can begin rehabilitation and become mobile sooner after surgery than ever before.
These advances lead to more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stays.
Traditionally, patients stay in the hospital for an average of two days after a joint replacement. Those who are medically qualified for an outpatient procedure can have a short hospital stay of 23 hours.
After rapid discharge, patients will:
• Receive visiting nurse services
• Continue physical therapy at home
• Recover in the comfort of familiar surroundings
Research shows that patients can follow a home exercise program after surgery and have outcomes that equal those of patients who spent 10 days in a rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facility.
The Total Joint Center is proud to have some of the most well-respected and skilled physicians in the field of orthopedics.
Are You a Candidate for Rapid Discharge Joint Replacement?
The Risk Assessment and Prediction Tool (RAPT) can help determine if you are a candidate for a rapid discharge (also called outpatient) joint replacement procedure.
The assessment uses questions about age, gender, functional abilities, and social support to identify patients who may do well with a shorter hospital stay and those who would benefit from a more traditional stay of two days on average.
In recent orthopedic research, the RAPT survey has been shown to accurately anticipate discharge requirements. The tool is scored on a nine-point scale. A score of six or more means you are a likely candidate for rapid-recovery joint surgery.
It’s important to understand that short hospital stays after total joint replacement are not appropriate for every patient.