Advances in Total Joint Replacement
Total joint replacements have become one of the most commonly performed procedures in orthopedics. With a rising volume, advances have been made in techniques and technology to improve not only the procedure itself, but the patient’s recovery.
At the Total Joint Center, we are at the forefront of these advances and have refined our process to provide patients the latest treatment options 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 replacement, you may be a candidate for an outpatient procedure and shorter hospital stay.
What is an Outpatient Joint Replacement?
Over the past decade, changes in surgical techniques, post-surgical protocols, and anesthesia and nerve blocks have led to improved pain control in patients. This allows our physicians to help patients receive rehabilitation and become mobile sooner after surgery than ever before.
This also leads to more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stays following joint replacement surgery.
Traditionally, patients stay in hospital for an average of 2 days after a joint replacement. Patients who are candidates for an outpatient procedure can experience a short hospital stay of 23 hours. After a short hospital stay, patients will:
- Receive home nursing evaluation and services
- Continue physical therapy at home
- Recover in the comfort of their own home
Research shows that individuals can follow a home exercise program and have the same outcomes as patients who spent 10 days in a rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facility. Some studies have even shown a lower rate of complications in those who go directly home.
However, not all patients are candidates for short hospital stays after total joint replacement. At your initial pre-admission testing evaluation, you will be screened with the Risk Assessment and Prediction Tool to determine if an outpatient procedure would be appropriate.
Are You a Candidate for Outpatient Joint Replacement?
The Risk Assessment and Prediction Tool (RAPT) can help determine if you are a candidate for an outpatient joint replacement procedure.