Outpatient Hip Replacement (Rapid Recovery Program)
What is outpatient hip replacement (rapid recovery program) surgery?
With traditional hip replacement surgery, during which a worn and damaged hip is replaced with an artificial one, often the patient must stay in the hospital for several days. Outpatient hip replacement surgery results in patients returning home without having to stay in the hospital for a full day.
Does outpatient hip replacement solve the same problems that inpatient surgery does?
Whether you have traditional inpatient surgery or outpatient hip replacement surgery involving a rapid recovery program, the same issues are addressed. The goals of hip replacement surgery are to enable movement and functionality, relieve pain, and restore proper alignment. Prior to recommending an operation a physician will attempt to solve the problem through the use of various techniques such as injections, pain medications, physical therapy, and other types of noninvasive treatments.
Can you explain how outpatient hip replacement (rapid recovery program) works?
The primary difference between an outpatient hip replacement procedure and an inpatient one has to do with the fact that as an outpatient you return home having spent less than 24 hours at the hospital. This fact makes the outpatient procedure much more convenient, as patients can recover in the comfort of their home and in an atmosphere that is familiar to them.
At home, a nurse performs the same tasks they would if the patient were in the hospital, checking vital signs and monitoring their status. Also, a physical therapist may be assigned to the patient when they are at home.
Why is outpatient hip replacement now possible?
Over the past few years, there have been many changes that have led to the development of successful outpatient hip replacement techniques. These techniques include surgical methods that are less invasive; ways of administering anesthetics that enable better results and fewer side effects, and sophisticated pain control protocols. In addition to these advancements, refined rapid physical rehabilitation procedures have been instrumental in the development of outpatient hip replacement methods.
How is it determined if someone is the right candidate for this type of outpatient procedure?
There are three criteria used to define those who may be good candidates for outpatient hip replacement surgery. Patients who are in good health, have solid support at home, and are motivated to utilize physical therapy in a thorough manner are considered to be solid choices for the procedure.
Also, those who are between the ages of 45 and 55 tend to be good candidates. Patients who have diabetes, advanced heart disease, pulmonary problems, advanced sleep apnea, and other serious health issues would be considered too high-risk to undergo outpatient hip replacement surgery.
Does outpatient hip replacement surgery offer many benefits?
The benefits associated with an outpatient hip replacement (rapid recovery program) are extensive. Overall, patients tend to recover and their mobility is restored more quickly. Because no hospital stay is involved, patients are ready and able to get on their feet more quickly than they would if they underwent inpatient hip replacement surgery.
When a patient recovers at home in their normal surroundings and with family around they tend to be able to participate in physical therapy sooner, which decreases the tendency for blood clots to develop. Advancements in pain management procedures and consistent home monitoring have helped to ensure that homecare is properly administered.
Finally, if a patient does not have an overnight hospital stay, costs are reduced. Overall, outpatient hip replacement surgery tends to offer patients a more satisfying and successful surgical and post-surgical experience.
What if I decide I want to stay in the hospital?
If you decide at some point that you would prefer to stay in the hospital overnight, that is always an option. It’s also important to realize that before you will be able to go home that day, your condition will be monitored. It may be determined at some point that an overnight stay is in order.
Criteria that must be met before someone will be sent home include confirming that the patient wants to return home, ensuring that they are getting adequate pain relief, and determining if they can walk a specified number of steps. Additionally, they must be able to void and demonstrate that they can use a walker.
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