Is Outpatient Joint Replacement Possible?

When people hear the phrase “joint replacement,” many probably think of a complicated surgery, a long hospital stay, and months of limited mobility. However, with advancements in technology and surgical techniques, this way of thinking is changing. Instead of needing inpatient hospital stays, patients can now turn to ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) to receive quality outpatient joint replacement care.

surgerycenter4What is an ASC? They are outpatient surgery centers that present an alternative option where consumers and businesses can find quality, efficient, and cost-effective surgical care.

Orthopedic-focused ASCs such as the Bellin Orthopedic Surgery Center (BOSC) are able to perform a variety of outpatient surgeries such as knee arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, and even ACL reconstruction. With the opening of our 23-hour patient stay rooms last May, we’ve added total joint replacement to the list.

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23-hour stay area

“The 23-hour stay rooms provide a comfortable and convenient place for patients to stay following their joint replacement surgery; it’s right down the hall from the operating room,” says Amanda Sosnosky, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC and the surgery center administrator. “We have orthopedic certified nurses to monitor patients during their stay, and after a visit from the physical therapist and their surgeon, patients are discharged home the morning after their joint replacement surgery.”

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Extended stay patient room

For motivated patients who have a strong support system at home, outpatient joint replacement and our 23-hour stay rooms safely put them on an accelerated course of recovery. This includes:

  • Flexible and convenient scheduling
  • Accelerated rehab
  • Comprehensive pain control
  • A quicker return home and back to everyday activities

All together, these benefits mean less time away from family, less time off of work, and a significant reduction in cost. In fact, the cost may be up to 40% lower than an inpatient joint replacement.

The surgeons at OSMS are able to perform total hip, knee and shoulder replacements  in the outpatient surgery setting. Learn more about the outpatient joint journey here.