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Total Knee Replacement without a Hospital Stay

Total knee replacement is the surgical treatment for knee arthritis, where the damaged knee is removed and replaced with an artificial knee implant. Traditionally performed as an inpatient procedure, total knee replacement surgery is now being conducted on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to go home the same day of the surgery.

This is made possible with recent advances such as minimally invasive techniques and initiation of rehabilitation protocols soon after surgery.

Traditionally requiring a three-day hospital stay, the patient returns to the home environment on the same day. The minimally invasive approach focuses on muscle and tendon-sparing surgical techniques.

Outpatient knee replacement surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Quicker recovery
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Cost reduction
  • Increased patient satisfaction
  • Decreased anesthesia risk

Patients must fit a certain medical profile and should not have issues that pose an unreasonable risk to be considered an appropriate candidate for outpatient knee replacement. Once a patient has elected to move forward with the procedure, there are several additional steps to complete. The patient must undergo pre-op teaching protocol with the surgeon and a pre-op visit with the anesthesiologist. This is followed by home visits by the home health and physical therapy team. Any necessary home equipment, such as a walker, elevated toilet seat, cold-therapy unit are all delivered prior to surgery.

On October 20, 2015 John J. Larkin, MD, from Commonwealth Orthopaedic, completed the first outpatient total joint knee replacement in the entire tri-state area at St. Elizabeth.

“The advantages for outpatient surgery for the patient are numerous,” says Dr. John J. Larkin. “The higher standard of pre and post-op care has created an environment where patients can go home the same day from surgery and rest easy knowing they have adequate home healthcare and therapy teams to help them through the recovery process.”

If you think you may be candidate for Total Knee Replacement surgery and would like to discuss your options with a surgeon, please call (859) 301-BONE (2663) to schedule an appointment. 

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