FAQs about Same-Day Joint Replacement Surgery
Which Joint Replacement Procedures Do You Perform as Same-Day, Outpatient Surgery?
Dr. Conlan performs total hip replacement, total knee replacement, and partial knee replacement on an outpatient basis for qualified candidates.
Am I a Candidate for Outpatient Joint Replacement?
During your consultation with Dr. Conlan, he will discuss the requirements for same-day joint replacement surgery. In general, you should be an active individual in good health, with no major medical conditions (heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, uncontrolled diabetes, etc.).
You need to have a strong support system at home, with family or friends who are willing to assist in your recovery. You must also be committed to your physical therapy care plan and doing what it takes to recover at home.
How Do I Prepare for Surgery?
Prior to your surgery, Dr. Conlan and the team at Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites will educate you about the procedure and what to expect as you recover at home. You and your and support people, such as your spouse, will meet with the anesthesia team and on-site physical therapists.
They will provide you with detailed instructions in preoperative cleansing, ambulation with a walker, and post-operative physical therapy. They will inform you of the type of anesthesia you will receive and give you medications or prescriptions to be filled in advance of the surgery.
What Happens after Same-Day Joint Replacement?
Following your same-day hip or knee replacement, physical therapists will have you on your feet within hours after the procedure. You will be discharged to go home when your vital signs are stable, and you can tolerate a regular diet and maintain adequate pain control with oral pain medication.
If you have had knee replacement surgery, you will be sent home with a sequential compression device and begin outpatient physical therapy the next day. Your physical therapist will create a customized, accelerated rehabilitation program to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.
If you have had hip replacement surgery, you may not need outpatient physical therapy. Based on direction from Dr. Conlan, you will receive instructions at discharge regarding rehabilitation.
Having joint replacement surgery on an outpatient basis expedites your recovery. Patients generally recover within 2 to 4 weeks, compared to 2 to 3 months following traditional hip or knee surgery.
Will I Need Physical Therapy and How Long is the Recovery Period?
For same-day total knee or partial knee replacements, patients will be sent home with a sequential compression device and begin outpatient physical therapy the following day. And for same-day hip replacements, we have found that most patients do not even need rehabilitation! Recovery time varies for each individual, but most patients return to normal activities within 2 to 4 weeks.
Visit our patient education center to learn more about common conditions and treatments and surgical techniques.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation at Spectrum Orthopedics in North Canton with Dr. Tim Conlan. We can be reached at (330) 305-0838 or you can use our online request form.