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Joint Replacement: 5 Benefits of Outpatient Surgery

Outpatient SurgeryTotal hip and knee replacements have come a long way. Afterwards, people no longer lay in a hospital bed for three weeks; instead they generally begin walking at home within a day of the procedure.

Of course, recovery still takes time. But it may surprise you to see how quickly that time passes after outpatient surgery, which is an option for some people.

If your doctor says you’re a good candidate, there are several advantages that make outpatient surgery the best option, says orthopedic surgeon Trevor Murray, MD.

1. Less pain
You won’t need a pain pump for self-administered medications or IV pain killers with outpatient surgery.

Instead, you’ll get a spinal injection that numbs you from the waist down for two hours. A long-lasting local anesthetic will help control your pain for up to two days afterward.

2. Fewer transfusions
Patients are less likely to need blood transfusions because of better surgical technique, better patient optimization, and the use of tranexamic acid transfusions; these factors also allow surgeons to perform hip and knee replacement procedures as an outpatient procedure.

3. Lower infection risk