Outpatient Joint Replacement

Outpatient Surgery for Hip and Knee Replacements

Individuals who need a hip or knee replacement may be able to have surgery without spending a night in the hospital if they qualify for outpatient joint replacement, or rapid recovery. To be considered for outpatient joint replacement surgery, patients must receive:

  • A recommendation from their orthopedic surgeon
  • A thorough exam and health history through the PACE Clinic
  • An at-home needs assessment for post-surgery physical therapy

Results from these assessments are evaluated to determine if this approach is the best option, based on each patient's unique needs. Only patients with minimal risk of complications are considered for this surgical option.

To go home the same day as joint replacement surgery, patients must:

  • Meet all post-surgery recovery goals
  • Be within an hour of the surgical center or proximity to the hospital after discharge
  • Commit to moving every hour to reduce the chance of blood clots

Benefits of Outpatient Joint Replacement

The benefits of outpatient joint replacement surgery, or rapid recovery, for those who meet the criteria include:

  • Faster recovery and quicker return to daily activities
  • Rapid return to the comforts of home for continued recovery
  • Reduced post-surgery pain
  • Access to a concierge nurse who:
    • Contacts patients before and after surgery to answer questions
    • Meets with patients and their families to discuss discharge instructions
    • Calls patients after surgery to discuss progress and makre sure recovery is on track

Presurgery Evaluation and Education

Presurgery evaluation and education are designed to prepare patients for surgery - both physically and mentally. Joint replacement patients are evaluated through the Preoperative Asessment Clearance Education (PACE) Clinic to identify and address any potential risks. In addition, Joint Camp provides specialized education to first-time total knee and total hip replacement patients. Topics include what to expect and pain management. Patients also talk with staff from key areas and have a final meeting to review the surgical plan.

Pain Management Techniques Aid Quicker Recovery

The orthopedic surgeons use several pain management techniques for quicker recovery and return to mobility. After the procedure, physicians and nurses closely monitor each patient's pain level and overall well-being. Patients and caregivers receive special instructions to help them prepare for recovery care at home.

All post-surgical goals must be achieved before discharge. Patients experiencing any pain-control issues or other problems with recovery are kept overnight and re-evaluated the following day.

Interested in Outpatient Joint Replacement?

Contact your orthopedic surgeon to find out if outpatient joint replacement is an option for you. For additional information about outpatient joint replacement, call (260) 435-2999.