Did you know that total knee replacements are one of the most successful procedures in all medicine? In the past, mostly elderly patients had joint replacement surgeries. With the advancements in surgical techniques such as outpatient knee replacement surgeries, patients in their 40s and 50s are getting this surgery more and more often. Generally, knee replacement surgeries are elected to give the patient a better quality of life and a return to being active once again.
Outpatient knee replacement surgery is also referred to as same-day knee replacement surgery and is a total knee replacement procedure that allows qualified patients to go home the same day as the operation. Current research suggests that outpatient knee replacement surgery is just as safe as inpatient surgery for adequately selected and prepared patients.
Some factors make it possible for patients considering same-day surgery to qualify for this procedure.
- Are you between the ages of 18 and 70?
- Will you have support at home after you are discharged?
- Are you at a healthy weight with no significant medical conditions?
More than 90% of modern total knee replacement surgeries are functioning well past 15 years after the surgery. The benefits of outpatient knee replacement surgery are many. Lower infection risk, a faster return to activity, and more comfortable recovery at home are just a few benefits to consider when choosing an outpatient procedure. Discuss with your orthopedic surgeon today regarding same-day surgery to see if you are a candidate.
Dr. Amir Jamali, founder of the Joint Preservation Institute, is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in Northern California specializing in treatments for the knee, hip and shoulder.