What You Should Know About Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery
According to Matthew Olin, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Greensboro and member of the Cone Health Medical and Dental Staff, total joint replacement surgery is being safely performed with patients able to go home the same day.
After trying other treatments, including medications, mild exercise or injections, total hip or knee replacement surgery may be necessary. While most of these surgeries required a hospital stay a decade ago, many patients today are good candidates for outpatient surgery.
“In select patients, outpatient joint replacement surgery is very safe with the same functional outcomes people have come to expect,” shares Dr. Olin. “Within a few hours of surgery, most patients can begin recovery in the comfort of their homes.”
In general, candidates for outpatient joint replacement surgery live independently, have help at home, meet certain medical requirements and do not smoke.
“Thanks to surgical and recovery advances, we have recognized the benefits of an enhanced recovery program,” adds Dr. Olin. “Progressive improvement of activity is a key to recovery.”
In addition to improved surgical techniques, Dr. Olin says managing medications, working closely with anesthesia colleagues and developing a team approach to assist with each patient’s recovery have made outpatient joint replacement successful.
Before surgery, surgeons thoroughly evaluate patients. Throughout the process, a nurse case manager follows up and coordinates care with the treatment team. With regular office visits and phone check-ins, patients benefit from a high level of support.
“Outpatient joint replacement has been proven to be very safe with a very high level of satisfaction,” concludes Dr. Olin. “It is a great option for a growing number of patients.”
About the Provider
Matthew Olin, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon in Greensboro, NC.