Posted on: February 3, 2017
Today many patients undergoing knee surgery or hip surgery can often go home the same day.
By Eric L. Grossman, MD FAAOS, Co-Director, Joint Replacement Surgery, Orthopedics & Spine Institute, Northern Westchester Hospital
A recent article in The New York Times stated that physicians are deeply split about whether or not Medicare should allow outpatient knee replacements. While this is certainly a hot topic and a question Medicare is contemplating, orthopedic surgeons performing joint replacements at ambulatory surgical centers is the inevitable next frontier.
Joint replacement surgery—knee and hip in particular—has undergone a major renaissance in the last five to 10 years, particularly in the way we manage our patients. In the past, joint replacement surgery recovery required patients to spend several days in the hospital followed by a stay in a rehabilitation center. Today, due to advances in surgical techniques, implant technology, and anesthesia and pain management, recovery time for joint replacement surgery is much faster.
How is this possible?