Am I A Candidate for Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery?
Outpatient joint replacement is when a patient will go home the day of surgery instead of staying overnight at the hospital.
According to Kamala H. Littleton, M.D., an expert orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, the hospital is doing this for knee and hip replacements in otherwise healthy patients. It happened as COVID-19 started to ramp up.
"It just worked well. People didn't want to stay in the hospital. They had families that could help take care of them, and so we've really been pleased with the results. Again, it's the right patient gets the surgery done as an outpatient," Dr. Littleton said.
Dr. Littleton noted that patients see a physical therapist in the recovery room to make sure they are safe going home. And of course, there is follow-up. The best candidate for this is someone without a lot of health problems with a good support system at home.
To view Mercy orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kamala Littleton’s interview regarding outpatient joint replacement surgery, click here.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.