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Same day joint replacement is a surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay. Joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which the worn, damaged surfaces of the joint are removed and replaced with new artificial parts.  Your doctor may consider a joint replacement if you have severe pain which limits daily activities and is not relieved with medications, injections, physical therapy, or other treatments. The goal of the surgery is to relieve pain and restore the alignment and function of your joint.

Traditionally, joint replacement has been an inpatient surgical procedure. With the introduction of minimally invasive techniques, modern pain protocols, improved anesthetic techniques, and rapid rehabilitation protocols patients are able to be discharged on the same day as the surgery. This allows patients to recover at home instead of overnight in a hospital. 

Not everyone requires or qualifies for same day joint replacement. However, for selected patients, same day joint replacement surgery is a reality. To be considered for same day joint replacement, a person should have good health (free of any diseases), a high level of motivation during the rehabilitation process, and good family support.

Benefits of Same Day Joint Replacement Surgery

The benefits of same day joint replacement over inpatient traditional joint replacement include the following:

  • Decreased hospital stay
  • Improved pain management protocols
  • Early mobilization
  • Careful home monitoring
  • Fewer complications
  • Improved outcomes
  • Increased patient satisfaction
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