Outpatient Joint Replacement
Same-Day Joint Replacement for Shoulders and Knees
Surgical approaches to some of the most common joint replacement procedures have seen great strides in the 21st century. One of the trends today includes performing joint replacements on an outpatient basis. Thanks to advances in pain management and anesthesia, qualified patients can go home to recover just a few short hours after surgery, rather than spending 2-3 days in the hospital.
Same-day total joint replacement procedures are now available and are popular for a number of reasons, including:
- Safe and cost-effective
- Shorter recovery period
- Improved outcomes
- Opportunity to begin post-op recovery at home
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ryan T. Pitts of St. Louis, MO, offers outpatient joint replacement surgery for:
- Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
- Partial Knee Replacement
- Total Shoulder Replacement
- Reverse Shoulder Replacement
Both inpatient and outpatient total joint replacement surgeries still involve removing the damaged joint and replacing it with a metal, plastic, or ceramic prosthetic device to restore mobility and reduce pain. But the outpatient procedure:
- Is done in an ambulatory surgical center instead of a hospital
- Utilizes less invasive procedures (such as smaller incisions), resulting in less trauma to surrounding tissue
- Offers anesthetic options (such as short-acting spinal blocks) that allow patients to be mobile without significant pain mere hours after the procedure
The goal of outpatient total joint replacement is to minimize the complications inherent in surgery such as infection, blood clots, and nerve injury while reducing a patient’s downtime. Plus, many patients would rather return to the familiar comforts of home to begin their recovery and rehab instead of enduring a short stay in the hospital.
As is the case with inpatient surgeries, post-op care – including pain management, physical therapy, and follow-ups with the doctor – plays a vital role in the ultimate success of any procedure. Dr. Pitts will ensure you have the resources you need to facilitate your recovery at home, and he will follow up with you to make sure you are progressing as expected.
Patients of all ages rely on the care and expertise of Dr. Pitts when surgery is necessary. Find out if you are a good candidate for outpatient joint replacement. Call today for a consultation with board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ryan T. Pitts at (314) 714-3285. Or, if you prefer, get started with our convenient online appointment request form.