Outpatient Knee Surgery FAQ

The knees are two of the most important parts of the body, enabling a healthy individual to walk, run, participate in sports, earn a living and enjoy a stress-free life. However, proper knee function depends on the intricate network of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments to work together in harmony: When they do not, you may be required to undergo a surgical procedure.

To help patients better prepare for outpatient knee surgery, we have taken the time to assemble a useful guide of what to expect:

When is Knee Surgery Necessary?

In certain cases, the damage to the knee’s musculoskeletal structure is extensive and/or ice, rest and pain medications do not provide sufficient relief. It is then that surgery becomes the most viable solution to restore healthy function and prevent further complications. Conditions and injuries that typically require knee surgery include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Post-traumatic Arthritis
  • Osteochondral Injury
  • Microfracture
  • ACL Tear
  • Meniscus Tear
  • And more.

Is Knee Surgery Outpatient?

In the past, most knee surgeries involved highly invasive procedures, hospital stays of 3 to 4 days, and recoveries of up to 2 months. Fortunately, with the ongoing advancements in surgical technique, anesthesia, pain management and hospital technology, an increasing number of knee surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis.

How Long Does Outpatient Knee Surgery Take?

The substantial improvements in surgical technique in recent years mean that knee surgery requires a shorter, minimally invasive procedure. As a result, the required hospital stay has decreased to a mere few hours and the recovery period is only a week, with no risk of pain or infection as you recover in the comfort of your own home.

How Much Does Outpatient Knee Surgery Cost?

The average cost of an inpatient procedure ranges from $49,000 to $57,000: Much of this sum represents the procedure itself along with hospital stay charges. That is why outpatient knee surgery charges are substantially lower, despite inclusion of pre-operative and post-operative procedure costs, physical therapy (if applicable), and follow-up appointments. The total cost depends on your individual care provider.

Individuals who are protected under Medicare will typically be covered for 80 percent of outpatient expenses. Private insurance plans also provide coverage, but the percentage varies from plan to plan.

When is Outpatient Knee Surgery Not Recommended?

Studies show that over 70% of patients today qualify for outpatient knee surgery, as well as other outpatient procedures. The general rule in determining a suitable candidate is to perform a thorough screening prior to scheduling the surgery. Qualified patients must not be over 65 years of age, have had a heart attack within the past 4 to 6 months, or be suffering from chronic medical conditions, such as hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, etc.

If you would like to experience the difference of outpatient knee surgery in Sarasota or Bradenton, FL, please call or visit one of the three locations of Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Pain Management today. One of our skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeons will be happy to address any of your questions or concerns as you prepare for the procedure.