Same-day joint replacement surgery is changing the way we think about treatments for hips and knees. Technological advancements have turned what once was a grueling experience into a minimally invasive procedure. But is outpatient joint replacement surgery right for you? Learn more about this ground-breaking procedure from the experts at the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County and Juan F. Agudelo, M.D.
Same Day joint replacement surgery takes place at a specialized ASC, not a hospital. An ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is a health care facility that specializes in providing surgery and pain management. An ASC can also be known as an outpatient surgery center or same day surgery center. Many people are surprised to hear that outpatient surgery is an option, but in fact, this total joint replacement surgery option is becoming increasingly common. Many patients have hip and knee replacement surgery and return home from the ASC the same day.
Both surgeons and patients opt for outpatient surgery because it minimizes the patient’s stay in the hospital. This flexibility makes outpatient surgery an excellent option for patients who want to avoid a lengthy hospital stay.
Not everyone qualifies for same-day joint replacement surgery, but it is becoming easier than ever to meet these requirements. The most important factor is your overall good health. You’ll also need to have a good support network to return home to.
Other factors that can affect your eligibility include age and certain specific health conditions, like having a pacemaker.
Of course, every patient is different, and our specialists will carefully evaluate your situation and your health history to determine the type of joint replacement that will set you up for success.
Naturally, most people want to go home from the ASC or hospital as soon as possible, but that’s not the only benefit you’ll enjoy from outpatient joint replacement surgery. Less time in the hospital, along with proper care at home, means a lower risk of infection. Recovering at home is also shown to help patients return to their usual activities sooner.
Any discomfort prior to your surgical procedure will be minimal. During the procedure itself, you will be under general anesthesia.
After your surgery, you will likely experience some pain as you recover—this is to be expected. Our doctors, however, use the latest in pain management techniques to ensure that your discomfort stays at a manageable level during your home recovery.
We will also thoroughly evaluate you after your surgery to determine your pain level throughout the day so that you can feel confident about your return home.
How soon you can begin to return to certain activities will depend on the precise nature of your surgery as well as certain other factors.
However, as a baseline, most of our patients can begin driving between two and four weeks after surgery. Our doctors, nurses, and physical therapists will also instruct you prior to leaving on how to navigate stairs and shower while taking care of your incision.
You will, of course, want to take it easy at first, having just undergone a serious procedure. You’ll have follow-up checkups with your doctor scheduled, as well as physical therapist appointments, to help us monitor the healing process and keep you on the best recovery track possible.
For the vast majority of patients, joint replacement can be a life-changing event. You will regain capabilities that you may have thought you’d lost forever. The most important thing you can do is listen to your doctor’s advice as you continue your recovery journey.
At the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County, we understand that any surgery is a big decision. By contacting us today, you can consult with a physician who will work with you to determine what type of surgery best suits your unique situation and the outcomes you can expect from your surgery.
The sooner you take the first step, the sooner you’ll be able to improve your quality of life. With several locations throughout Palm Beach County, there’s sure to be one that’s convenient for you. Visit our offices located in:
Why wait? Call (561) 967-6500 today and find out if same-day joint replacement surgery is right for you. Our customer service staff is standing by to make your first appointment. Begin your journey to improve your quality of life in ways you may not have thought possible.