Hip replacement is among the most common and successful orthopedic surgeries, allowing people to live an active healthy life as they grow older. Today, most healthy patients can opt for outpatient hip replacement with recent advancements in healthcare and medical technology.
Traditionally, hip replacement would require hospitalization in the days following the procedure. However, with new technology and modern procedural protocols, outpatient hip replacement has become a prevalent option for qualified patients.
Outpatient hip replacement is a less invasive hip replacement surgery, so that the patient can go home that same day. The benefits of this procedure over traditional hip replacement are significant.
Some of the key benefits of outpatient hip replacement include:
- Shorter Hospitalization
Traditional hip replacement can require patients to stay in the hospital for days following their surgery. Outpatient surgery would eliminate the need for excess days in the hospital and significantly reduce patient costs.
- Less Invasive Procedure
Minimally invasive surgical techniques and medical advancements allow minimal damage to the tissue and bone surrounding the hip, reducing the possibility of complications.
- Comfort & Satisfaction
Being able to recover from your hip replacement in the comfort of your own home is convenient and improves patient satisfaction.
- Better Pain Management
One of the main reasons outpatient surgery is possible is due to better pain management techniques. Advances in anesthesia, including nerve blocks, provide patients with pain relief following the procedure. A nerve block is a local numbing anesthetic applied at the surgical site, providing relief for 2-3 days after surgery.1
- Quicker Return to Activity
Oftentimes, patients who elect for outpatient surgery can walk on their hip hours after their operation with the guidance and aid of nurses. Because outpatient surgery is minimally invasive and pain is reduced, patients can recover faster from their replacement compared to traditional surgery.
Patients are now electing for outpatient hip replacement due to the notable benefits of this type of operation over traditional surgical procedures. Candidates for outpatient hip surgery should be in good health, healthy weight, and have able-bodied help at home. If you’re a candidate for outpatient hip surgery, contact Dr. Hammel to discuss your options for outpatient hip replacement today!
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.