Outpatient Joint Replacement
It seems hard to believe, but imagine having joint replacement surgery
in the morning and going home the same day. Imagine no more—outpatient
joint replacement is now possible for some patients at St. Mary’s
Robert Paul, DO, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc.,
at St. Mary’s Medical Center is Dr. Paul has been among the leaders
in outpatient joint replacement and does both hip and knee replacements
as outpatient surgery.
“Outpatient replacement is not for everyone,” says Dr. Paul.
“Patients need to be highly motivated, with a good support system
at home, is overall very healthy and in great physical shape.” Patients
who are candidates go through a “boot camp” of sorts that
includes education and pre-therapy before surgery.
Dr. Paul says his part of the procedures and the risks associated with
the surgery are the same whether the replacement is done in- or outpatient.
“But there is a great team at St. Mary's Surgical Center that
works hard to get patients ready and to provide seamless care before,
during and after surgery,” says Dr. Paul.