Most patients that are considered a candidate for knee replacement may also be candidates for outpatient knee replacement. It may be the best option for someone motivated and healthy enough to be discharged home on the same day as the surgery. You may be required to do some prehabilitation exercises before the surgery to strengthen the surrounding muscles that support the knee joint, and you need to demonstrate a positive mental attitude and willingness to participate in your recovery after discharge actively.
Outpatient knee replacement procedures are performed in a technologically advanced facility that utilizes cutting-edge techniques to optimize healing and improve joint function. Surgeons and their teams use these questions as screening measures to select the best candidates for outpatient replacement.
- Do you, the patient, want same-day knee replacement surgery?
- For this patient, is the surgery appropriate for outpatient treatment?
- Is the patient in good health and active?
- Does the patient have help and home adequately set up for post-surgical care?
Patients with more serious, uncontrolled, or multiple medical conditions may require monitoring in a hospital setting for one night or more. In some cases, patients with medical conditions such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, or morbid obesity might need to stay at the hospital or surgery center for 1-2 days before they get discharged to go home. The outpatient knee replacement goal is to provide the same (or better outcome) as inpatient knee replacement while reducing costs, increasing patient comfort, and avoiding risks associated with staying at the hospital.
Dr. David N. Buchalter is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who trained at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City, one of the largest and most prestigious orthopedic training hospitals in the United States. Dr. Buchalter has performed well over 3,000 total hip and total knee replacements and is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Our physicians' team provides an advanced level of care, integrating the newest cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical techniques with proven traditional treatment methods. The physicians at South Palm Orthopedics are committed to providing the highest orthopedic care level to every patient each time.