Hip and Knee Replacement at Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC)
Outpatient hip and knee replacement surgery, once done only in the hospital, are now being performed safely and more effectively at ambulatory surgery centers so you can start the recovery process in your home just a few hours after the procedure is completed.
Most patients don’t know that this is an available option for their surgical procedure. Not all patients, however, are a candidate.
Ohio Surgical Specialty Suites, OS3, a local physician-owned facility, is the first ambulatory surgery center in Northeast Ohio, and also the first to perform hip and knee replacements outside the hospital environment. Joint replacement in hospitals has often been a painful event at a busy, cumbersome hospital. But new protocols and surgical technology allows us to safely give a very positive surgical experience when replacing your hip or knee. At OS3 we have performed over 1500 hip and knee replacements since opening in 2014.
Our facility, OS3, was the first AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER to receive ADVANCED CERTIFICATION FOR HIP AND KNEE REPLACEMENT by JOINT COMMISSION in the country in 2016. There are only a handful of hospitals and surgical facilities in Ohio that have this certification. We have since recertified.
ROBOTIC surgical procedures have been performed at OS3 since 2017. Using the NAVIO robotics-assisted system we are able to perform total and partial knee replacements that are more accurate and closer to your natural anatomy.
PARTIAL KNEE replacement (unicompartmental), addressing only the specific arthritic area of your knee, can be performed much more precisely leading to better patient outcomes, better functioning knees with less pain and time recovering. But not everyone is a candidate.
As co-director of the total joint program at OS 3 since its inception in 2014, Dr. Conlan developed protocols and improvements to give a very positive surgical experience of joint replacement. These procedures were, until recently, considered a very painful event that often kept patients from even considering having the procedure done.
In addition to the latest technology, our smaller environment allows us to focus on your needs and safety, keeping our infection rate very low and your patient satisfaction very high!
IT IS A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE THAN WHEN DONE IN THE HOSPITAL.
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.