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Is Outpatient Hip Replacement an Option for You?

Hip replacement surgery has come a long way. Today’s hip replacement is not the same as what your grandparents had, or even your parents. Today, there is new medical technology, techniques and advancements in implants and pain medication that make hip replacement better than before.

Rapid recovery hip replacement surgery, or outpatient hip replacement is a great option for healthy, qualified patients. Outpatient hip surgery patients can return home within 1-2 days of hip surgery and can get back on their feet quickly!

Benefits of outpatient hip surgery include a lower risk of infection, quicker return to normal activities, rehabilitation and recovery in the comfort of home. In many cases, there are lower medical expenses with less time in the hospital.

Candidates for outpatient hip replacement are generally:

  • Do not smoke
  • Are in good health
  • Have a support system at home for assistance in the recovery process
  • Are between ages of 18-70 years of age
  • Are motivated to independently complete the physical therapy program, and eager to work hard to get moving again

Studies have shown that outpatient surgery is not only safe, but in comparison to inpatient surgeries, outpatients were more satisfied with their education regarding medications and potential issues to look for after surgery1.

Hip replacement surgery, once reserved for the elderly, has increased in younger patients looking to improve their pain and mobility. Hip replacement surgery is more common now with active, young patients who want to keep moving.

My outpatient hip replacement patients often find themselves returning to their routines faster and feeling more confident quicker with their new joint. Afterall, the goal of hip surgery is to get moving again so you don't have to live with hip pain.

Dr. Paul Jacob is a leading hip and knee surgeon in Oklahoma City who pioneered robotic joint replacement surgery in an outpatient setting. Dr. Jacob has performed over 5000 robotic joint replacement procedures and actively participates in numerous research studies on robotic outcomes.

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