With recent advancements in healthcare, patients can now opt for same-day surgery. Healthy, active patients have better options in hip surgery than the previous generation. Same-day total hip replacement is now a viable option with many benefits.
Outpatient hip surgery uses a less-invasive surgical approach, with a smaller incision that results in less pain than traditional surgery3. Same-day hip surgery patients receive a long-lasting local anesthetic that enables pain control for up to two days afterward.
The outcomes for same-day discharge are just as positive as those for traditional surgery4. Patients with same-day joint replacement surgery have low readmission rates and complication rates on par with conventional overnight-stay patients5.
Recent advances in healthcare, medical technology, anesthesia, and pain management make same day hip surgery an option today. Patients can heal faster, with less pain, and less risk from infection. Benefits include quicker recovery and significant cost savings1. Many patients report feeling more comfortable recovering at home.
Your provider can help determine if you're a candidate for outpatient hip replacement surgery. Most candidates for outpatient hip surgery are:
- Younger and active
- In good health
- At a healthy body weight
- Without serious medical conditions
- Motivated with a support at home
- Not chronic opioid users
If you suffer from nagging hip pain, give Dr. Hammel a call to see what options are right for you. Get back to an active lifestyle and get moving again.
AUTHOR: Natham Hammel, MD is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement in Southern California, serving the Greater San Diego area.