With the latest advances in surgical techniques, most total joint replacement patients now spend one night or less in the hospital. And, depending on the complexity of your procedure, you may have the ability to undergo surgery in the morning and sleep in your own bed that night.
Joint Replacement Surgery in Raleigh, Apex & Brier Creek, NC
Of course, joint replacement surgery isn’t for everyone and must be decided on a case-by-case basis. Determining factors include:
- Whether you have a significant medical problem or a body weight requiring surgery in a hospital setting along with overnight, postoperative observation. Your age may also be a factor
- Whether you have an at-home support system for your discharge and subsequent therapy
- How much pre-op and post-op preparation you’ve taken – such as training on crutches or a walker, preparing your home to accommodate you during recovery, and an exercise rehabilitation plan
- Whether a minimally invasive surgical technique can be used to treat your condition
Studies have shown that, when appropriate, outpatient joint replacements can be performed safely in an outpatient surgery center, and can lead to better patient satisfaction than surgeries performed in a hospital setting. Also, in an outpatient surgery center, the overall cost of the procedure is considerably less than a hospital stay.
Dr. Brett J. Gilbert provides outpatient joint replacement surgery for hips and knees at the Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, please call us at (919) 788-8797 or schedule an appointment online.