Return home sooner with Outpatient Joint Replacement from Dr. Moore.
As healthcare is ever changing we are seeing a trend towards outpatient procedures. Outpatient joint replacement surgery is a safe option that reduce the time you need to spend in the surgical center. In the past outpatient joint surgeries have been performed in a hospital setting, but the national trend has been towards ambulatory surgery centers like the practice of Dr. John Moore. If you are interested in an outpatient joint replacement, contact our Pinehurst, NC office today.
How is Outpatient joint replacement surgery different from normal joint replacement?
Outpatient joint replacement surgery is nationally trending as the first choice for many qualified patients. Studies have shown that outpatient joint surgery has numerous benefits for the patients over traditional joint replacements. These include:
- Faster recovery
- Improved outcomes
- Decrease in infection rates
- Increased patient satisfaction scores
- Lower complication rates
Candidates for outpatient joint replacement In Pinehurst, NC
Candidates for outpatient joint replacement surgery are restricted to privately insured, healthy patients. Due to Medicare restrictions, medicare patients are not eligible for outpatient joint replacement. As always patients that are physically healthy and socially supported are the best candidates for the outpatient experience.
Dr. Moore has successfully completed over 100 outpatient joint replacements in the past four years with ZERO hospital re-admissions after outpatient surgery.
What happens if I don’t get Joint replacement?
These surgeries with Dr. Moore are highly successful. Afterwards, patients often tell us their joint replacement has given them back their active lives. That’s because joint pain had been eliminating more and more of the activities the person formerly loved to do. A damaged, painful joint won’t improve. Sure, physical therapy can strengthen muscles that support the joint, and medication can relieve pain temporarily. But when the cartilage in a joint has deteriorated to the point where there is bone on bone contact, nothing can change that except joint replacement.
These are completely personal choices, but these are some signs that it could be time to have Dr. Moore perform joint replacement:
- You can no longer do many routine tasks without help.
- You have significant pain that keeps you awake, keeps you from being able to walk or bend over, pain that doesn’t go away with non-surgical treatment or rest.
- You’ve tried non-surgical options, such as physical therapy, and the pain is the same.
- You have osteoarthritis and joint degeneration is the cause of your pain.
- Pain is affecting you mentally and emotionally.
- Tests such as imaging scans detail extensive joint damage that cannot be repaired.
Where Are Outpatient Joint Replacements Performed?
The Surgery Center of Pinehurst is the home to our outpatient joint replacement surgeries. This facility is located across the street from our practice and provides easy access to the facility for patients and their families. Dr. Moore’s team has created a structured guideline and protocol for impeccable preoperative and post-operative care to all of our patients.
How is an Outpatient Surgical Center Better than a Hospital?
The outpatient joint replacement procedure is the same as a hospital setting. The key difference is in the concierge experience. Patients of Dr. Moore will stay one night at our outpatient surgical center, The Surgery Center of Pinehurst. While there, two highly qualified and dedicated nurses (2:1 nursing ratio) will be by your side for any needs or concerns.
Should I start or stop any medications prior to surgery?
Michelle Moore PAC will discuss any medications you are taking with you during your consultation. We will want to see the actual bottles of your medications, both prescription and over the counter. That way we can ensure the accuracy of your dosages and dosing requirements, and we will know which medications will need to be stopped or delayed.
There are some standard medications you will need to stop taking a few days prior to your surgery. These are blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, and most herbal supplements. All of these can lead to increased bleeding.
While not a medication, if you smoke cigarettes, you will also need to stop smoking for at least two weeks prior to your procedure and two weeks following. This is because smoking constricts the blood vessels, and this impedes the healing process.
What will I need to do to prepare for my procedure?
We will walk you through preparation such as food restrictions prior to your surgery and the other details. But you also should prepare your home for your return home after your joint replacement.
You can think of it as prehabilitation, getting ready for your recovery in your home. After all, when it gets right down to it, most of us would rather be laid up in the comfort of our own home than in an austere hospital setting, but it can scare some potential same-day patients that they won’t receive the same “hand holding” at home as they would in the hospital.
But if you’ve prepared your home and your mind for recovering at home, you’ll be amazed and how much easier your recovery can be. Patients who do their “PreHab” love outpatient joint replacement with Dr. Moore and their ability to recover in their own bed surrounded by their own stuff.
We’ll give you a list of all you’ll need to do to get your home recovery space ready. It’s not difficult.
How much pain is involved after joint replacement surgery?
Knee replacement involves more post-operative pain than hip replacement for most patients. Your pain will have changed from the aching arthritic pain before surgery to wound healing, swelling, and inflammation-related pain. Dr. Moore’s patients often report little or no pain just 2-6 weeks after their hip replacement. For knees the timeframe is longer, with little or no pain around the three-month mark.
People wonder why knee replacements involve more pain. This is likely because the knee joint is a more confined joint than the hip, so swelling increases stiffness and pain. Plus, more bone and cartilage are usually involved with knee replacement versus hip replacement. Plus, the knee takes more effort to regain range of motion, hence the slower rehabilitation of the joint compared to the hip.
The Joint Replacement procedure
Prior to your procedure, an anesthesiologist will sedate you and perform a femoral nerve block on you. You will likely not remember the introduction of the procedure. This type of block causes numbness in the anterior portion of the thigh and is beneficial in reducing pain after your surgery.
From here, your surgery with Dr. Moore will differ depending on what surgery you are receiving. To learn more about a specific surgery, please look at the following pages:
Surgery typically requires approximately one hour of time. You will be in the recovery room for one to three hours until the effect of the spinal anesthesia is worn off. Once that occurs and your vital signs are stable, you will be taken to your surgery center hospital room.
Will I need physical therapy after joint replacement surgery?
Yes, you will still need physical therapy after an outpatient joint replacement. Your therapy will be tailored to the type of operation that you received.
Only a few hours after surgery, the nurses will have you up walking and you will receive formal physical therapy the morning after surgery. Prior to your discharge home from the Surgery Center of Pinehurst, our physical therapists will have you walking and stair climbing. initially, be using a walker but you can advance to the use of crutches if you can master the technique. It is your personal preference whether you go home on a walker or on crutches. The physical therapist will also be certain that you understand your discharge exercise program and have all the assistive devices that will help you cope in the immediate postoperative period.
(Dr. Moore) is easy to talk to, he listens and he is a good doctor. I trust him and his team and I would go back and I tell all my family and friends about him.”
– Gail W.
How long does it take to recover from joint replacement surgery?
You should make arrangements to have intermittent help at home (spouse/ family member/friends) for the first 5-7 days after your outpatient joint replacement surgery. Although we will arrange for home physical therapy to come to you, you might need help with meal preparation, with medications and with general activities of daily living that are made safer with an extra helping hand. You should stay on your crutches or walker for the entire first six weeks after the outpatient joint replacement unless otherwise informed. Patients are able to resume most normal actives between 10-12 weeks after surgery.
Will I ever need joint replacement again?
Artificial hips and artificial knees have lifespans, just as any manufactured product does. The lifespan of these prosthetics continues to increase as technology advances, but if you’re having your outpatient joint replacement performed at a younger age, it’s likely you’ll need a second operation to clean the bone surfaces and refixate the implants at some point.
When artificial implants fail, it is most likely when the bond between the bone and the implant loosens over time, or a component of the implant wears down. With either kind of failure, a revision surgery is needed to replace the original implant.
Studies have shown that 90 percent of modern knee replacements still function well 10-15 years after being implanted. Numbers are slightly higher for artificial hips. But today’s replacements could last far longer since orthopedic implants are evolving at a rapid pace.
Will I need any medications post-op?
Yes, you will need prescription pain medication. Dr. Moore will prescribe this and will discuss the aspects of your pain medication that you need to be aware of.