Can I Have my Total Joint Replacement Procedure as an Outpatient?
January 30, 2020
Dr. Eichten and Joint Implant surgeons are excited to announce the opening of their new state of the art Ambulatory Surgery Center. Dr. Eichten and team opened the Center in August of 2019 and are now Medicare certified outpatient center. There is an increasing trend in outpatient total joint surgery across the country. This has multiple benefits for this trend, including decreased cost for the health care system and patient, efficiency, high quality care with lower complications, lower infection risk including hospital acquired infections, better patient satisfaction, etc.
The surgery center is called Performance Health Surgical Center and is located centrally between both Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida Naples and Fort Myers offices, on Three Oaks Parkway north of Alico road off on Highway 75. The facility was built with outpatient total joints in mind with large operating room suites and two large instrument sterilizers, hospital grade. Some surgical centers were built for smaller procedures and do not allow for safe total joint surgery.
It is important to keep in mind that the outpatient surgery should be done on patient’s with minimal medical issues and have a safe home environment with help at home. Home Health Care is available after surgery as well as outpatient physical therapy. It is important for medical or cardiac clearance as well as evaluation by Anesthesiologist to allow outpatient surgery. The anesthesia team and post-operative scripts allow a multimodal pain management approach, including nerve blocks for quick and controlled recovery. After surgery the patients are seen by a Physical Therapist to ensure a safe discharge to home. We have performed multiple surgical procedures at this facility including partial knee arthroplasty, total knee arthroplasty, total hip arthroplasty anterior supine intramuscular, and total shoulder arthroplasty.