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Outpatient Joint Replacement

What is outpatient joint replacement?

Because of the evolution of modern techniques, we are now able to perform hip and knee replacements in an outpatient surgery center rather than a hospital. Patients arrive to the surgery center in the morning, undergo surgery which typically takes about an hour, are up walking within an hour or two after surgery, work with a physical therapist, and go home the same day.

Why is outpatient joint replacement surgery better?

Traditionally, joint replacements were only performed in the hospital setting and patients were required to be hospitalized for multiple days. However, with modern techniques, the surgery takes less time, there is less blood loss, less pain (with less need for narcotic pain medications), and patients are able to mobilize quicker. These improvements lead to a lower risk of infection, blood clots, and hospital associated complications such as pneumonia and urinary infection. In general, patients recover much better at home than in a hospital.

Is outpatient joint replacement safe?

There is a large amount of evidence showing that outpatient joint replacements are not only safe, but also associated with fewer complications when compared to surgeries performed in the hospital setting.

Who is a candidate for outpatient joint replacement?

In general, outpatient surgery is reserved for patients who are generally healthy and active with good support at home. This should be discussed with your surgeon. Learn more about ROC’s joint replacement services or make an appointment for a consultation.