Top 5 Benefits of Outpatient Hip or Knee Replacement
Total joint replacement outpatient surgery of the hip and knee are common orthopedic procedures. As the population ages, these surgeries are becoming even more common. Replacing the hip or knee joint with a prosthesis (implant) has many benefits. Here are the top five benefits of both outpatient hip replacement surgery and outpatient knee replacement surgery.
#1: Minimally Invasive
A variation of the traditional surgical approach to total hip or knee replacement is the minimally invasive procedure, where one or two short incisions are used compared to one single long incision. The minimally invasive technique involves smaller surgical incisions, as well as cutting and detaching of fewer hip or knee muscles. With this procedure, the hip or knee is replaced with an artificial plastic or metal joint. In addition, the procedure uses specially designed surgical instruments to prepare the area for implant placement. With hip surgery, the incisions are only 3 inches long, usually placed over the groin and over the buttock region. X-ray guidance is used when performing the surgery, and the patient does not require a lengthy hospital stay.
#2: There is Reduced Hip Pain
Following traditional hip or knee replacement surgery, there is much discomfort due to the complexity of the procedure. With the outpatient minimally invasive technique, the patient has reduced hip or knee pain due to less muscle manipulation, smaller incisions, and less joint trauma. Based on statistics from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 90% of patients report a dramatic reduction in pain following joint replacement surgery. In addition, patients who report high expectations regarding pain relief report a more significant improvement in quality of life.
#3: The Procedure restores Lost Mobility
As hip or knee pain subsides, and with a new, improved functioning joint, there is restoration of lost mobility. Osteoarthritis and joint damage can lead to a stiff, sore hip or knee. The patient cannot move around well due to the joint damage. With a hip or knee replacement, the patient will enjoy restored mobility. According to a recent study at Duke University, patients who had a joint replacement due to knee osteoarthritis experienced a 30% improvement in walking, an 11% improvement in lifting items, and a 21% improvement in stooping over.
#4: Improved Fitness and Weight Loss
When a hip or knee is replaced through an outpatient procedure, the patient will be able to exercise and enjoy weight loss. The patient will not experience pain with exercising, and improve mobility will allow for improved fitness. In addition, a joint replacement will allow the patient to maintain more speed and distance when exercising. Even someone with severe arthritis will be able to swim, ride a bicycle, and enjoy walking. A 2010 study at Mount Sinai Medical Center found that 20% of people who had either hip or knee replacement surgery lost 5% more of their body weight after the procedure. While doctors prefer patients to lose weight before the procedure, having surgery will result in weight loss.
#5: Longer Life
The risk of dying is 50% lower for patients who have knee or hip replacements than those who do not choose to have the surgery. According to experts, this is related to improvement in mobility and fitness level. Patients who are not obese have a lower risk for cardiovascular problems and other related health conditions. A study by the University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that moderate exercise, such as walking for 30-60 minutes a day, will add 1.5 years of life to a person’s overall lifespan. In addition, the risk of heart failure is 10% less after three years for patients who undergo hip or knee joint replacement surgery.