Top 7 Benefits of Recovering at Home After Outpatient Surgery

Outpatient joint surgery at Coastal Orthopedics helps keep you out of the hospital and gets you back home the same day. That’s important because research shows you can recover at home quickly, just as effectively, and perhaps more safely than in a hospital. Let’s run down the top seven benefits of recovering at home.

  1. Recovering at home can save money.

Instead of paying for an expensive hospital stay, you can relax and recover at home just as well. In fact, researchers estimate that an extra night in the hospital can cost up to $10,000. Avoiding an expensive hospital stay may also help you save by keeping your insurance premiums steady.

  1. Home recovery can be safer than a hospital stay.

Anytime you stay in the hospital—no matter how sterile it seems—you risk what’s referred to as a Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI). HAIs can inhibit your recovery and lengthen your hospital stay.

  1. Home recovery is Just as effective.

You don’t need to stay in the hospital for inpatient therapy in order to recover successfully. In fact, a 2015 study of knee patients by Padgett showed no difference in pain relief or in functioning a full two years after orthopedic surgery. So while outpatient therapy is typically required, there’s no need to be in the hospital around sick patients to undergo that therapy.

Two other studies, presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, found that patients recovering at home were less likely than those in rehab to develop complications after hip or knee replacement. What’s more, there were no significant differences 90 days after knee or hip surgery in terms of complications, mobility or pain.

  1. Recovering at home helps you get your 40 winks.

Why do you think hospitals are always trying to make their patient rooms more home-like? Because you sleep better at home. But no matter what they do, they can’t eliminate the noise, lights, shift changes, or staff movements. At home, you’ll enjoy a better quality of uninterrupted sleep, which aids in recovery.

  1. You’ll get back to your own schedule.

Simple things like waking up at your normal time can have a big impact on your recovery. Getting back to your own routine can lift your spirits and happy people tend to recover more quickly.

  1. Family and friends can help with your recovery at home.

When you’re in the hospital, you can feel isolated, and a lack of social interaction can negatively affect your recovery. At home, family and friends can visit whenever they like and as often as you like. They can also help you perform some of the tasks that may be difficult for you while you recover.

  1. You’ll recover better at home even if you live alone.

Research shows that patients who live alone can safely recover without increased complications or differences in outcome. If you live alone, you should have no additional worries about recovering at home after outpatient surgery, although it’s a good idea to have someone check up on you from time to time.

When you add it all up, recovering at home provides the best benefits following orthopedic surgery.  That’s why at Coastal Orthopedics, we offer outpatient orthopedic surgery. You’ll enjoy familiar surroundings, save money, and have a much better experience being at home as you recover.

If you’re considering orthopedic surgery, consider outpatient surgery at Coastal Orthopedics. Learn more about the types of surgery we offer, request an appointment online, or call us at 941-792-1404 today.