What is Outpatient Total Joint Replacement?

Today, more and more surgical procedures are done on an outpatient basis, i.e., requiring less than 24 hours of hospital recovery. This is slowly becoming more common with total joint replacement surgeries, such as knee and hip replacements. Once a major procedure requiring a lengthy hospital stay and an inability to work or drive for months after the surgery, it has now become significantly more manageable and thus more favoured by orthopedic patients everywhere.

Total joint replacement is the solution of choice for those suffering from severe arthritis, or other certain serious musculoskeletal injuries. The procedure involves a removal of the unhealthy joint cartilage, replacing it with an artificial joint structure designed to look and function as your natural joint once did.

To take this highly effective procedure one step further, orthopedic surgeons have improved their knowledge, equipment, and surgical techniques to offer total joint replacement on an outpatient basis. The benefits are as follows:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Shorter hospital stay – a few hours vs. 4-5 days
  • Shorter recovery time – one week vs. 2 months
  • Less pain after surgery
  • The comfort of your own home during recovery
  • Reduced risk of complications or infection

Although outpatient total joint replacement has been gaining prominence in recent years, it is currently not offered to everyone. The ideal candidate for this procedure does not suffer from any major ailments, is self-motivated towards a quick recovery, and has a reliable caregiver at home.

If you suspect or already know that you need a knee or hip replacement, speak with your orthopedic surgeon about the outpatient total joint replacement option. You can find a team of qualified specialists at Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Pain Management. Visit us at one of our 3 convenient locations across Bradenton and we will help determine whether this procedure is right for you.