Facing the possibility of needing surgery can be a frightening experience, leaving you with thoughts, questions, doubts, and uncertainties. If you and your orthopedic surgeon decide that surgery is the best option for you, and you elect to have a hip or knee replacement, patients are now given the opportunity to choose to undergo surgery in an outpatient setting. Advancements in science and technology have afforded the procedure to be less invasive, and the benefits are remarkable for having a successful recovery.
Outpatient surgery is typically referred to as same-day surgery. Today, more than half of elective surgery procedures in the United States are currently performed as outpatient procedures, due to minimally-invasive surgery technology, and improved surgical instruments.
Outpatient surgery is suited best for healthy people undergoing minor or intermediate procedures. Recently, people with more complex medical problems, such as hip and knee replacements, are undergoing outpatient surgery, and the types and complexity of surgical procedures continue to grow significantly. However, with today’s technology, these procedures are becoming easier and less invasive.
Hip and knee replacements are often complex and invasive procedures. However, with today’s technology and less-invasive techniques, patients now have the option to have surgery performed in an outpatient setting, which is very beneficial for various reasons, including:
- Eliminates inpatient hospital admission
- Reduces the amount of medication prescribed
- Uses a doctor’s time more efficiently
- A lower risk of infection after surgery
- Recovery at home, rather than in a hospital operating room
- Lower overall cost
To learn more about the benefits of choosing outpatient surgery for your hip and knee replacement procedure, call Movement Orthopedics at (586) 436-3785 to request an appointment, or request one online.