Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center Now Offers Outpatient Joint Replacement.
Electing to have joint replacement surgery is a tough decision for many patients. Some fear that a long recovery and a difficult rehabilitation period will prevent them from returning to the life they want to live. Advancements in procedures, devices, and processes are helping patients return to a high level of their former function faster than ever before.
Orthopaedics East and Sports Medicine Center has been providing orthopaedic care to our community and the surrounding region for more than 35 years. Last year, they were one of the first orthopaedic practices in the state to begin providing outpatient joint replacement surgery. With an outpatient procedure, patients are typically up and walking around a few hours after surgery and are discharged home the following morning.
The outpatient setting is not appropriate for all patients and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not yet approved the outpatient setting for total joint replacement surgery for Medicare beneficiaries. Additionally, there are a variety of factors unrelated to age that determine whether or not a patient is a good candidate for an outpatient joint replacement. For those individuals, advancements in inpatient replacement procedures and devices are still drastically accelerating recovery times for many patients.
With more than 10,000 people turning 65 years of age each day in the US, it’s likely we won’t see a decline in the 400,000 hip and knee replacements performed in our country each year. Many anticipate that CMS will approve these procedures for the outpatient setting over the next few years so patients who qualify can recognize the benefits including cost, convenience, and patient satisfaction.
In addition to performing joint replacement and revision surgery, Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center provides comprehensive orthopaedic services including Orthopaedic Trauma coverage for patients in eastern North Carolina, Sports Medicine services for athletes at all levels including East Carolina University, and on-site MRI and Physical Therapy services.