Annual Advancements in Medicine Section
From minimally invasive surgical technologies to innovative appproaches to rehabiliation and beyond, new research in the medical field is optimizing care for patients and doctors alike. Read on to discover the latest in revolutionary treatment options.
State-of-the-art ambulatory centers are helping make orthopedic procedures convenient and accessible.
Understanding Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgery covers a wide scope of procedures related to bones, joints, and muscles. Thanks to advancements in surgical technology, medicine, and procedures, many orthopedic surgeries that used to require hospital stays can now be performed in an outpatient setting instead. In fact, research suggests that more than half of the total joint replacement surgeries will be in the outpatient setting by 2026, along with many other procedures, including spine care.
Orthopedic surgeries that can be performed in an outpatient setting include total joint replacement and cervical disc arthroplasty along with arthroscopy and minimally invasive procedures. Outpatient surgery is appropriate for many simple procedures that can be completed in 60 to 90 minutes and do not require close monitoring afterward.
What to Expect
Because ambulatory surgery centers are exclusively for outpatient procedures, you will be accommodated with little delay. After surgery is complete, you will receive aftercare instructions, and be free to return home and begin the healing process.
Benefits to Patients
Ambulatory centers have enhanced the patient experience, from sparing costs associated with overnight stays to allowing recovery in the comfort of one’s own home. The outpatient setting can also reduce the risk of infection and cuts down on delays and waiting times. By requiring far less of a patient’s time, same-day procedures help patients return to their daily schedule sooner. Consult with your physician to determine if an outpatient setting is the right approach for your orthopedic surgery.