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Tackling Total Joints
Here's what you need to know about preparing patients for successful outcomes.
Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., MD, FACS
Publish Date: February 3, 2022   |  Tags:   Patient Experience Pain Management Infection Prevention Patient Safety Orthopedics
Tough Questions
SETTING EXPECTATIONS Pre-op consultations with patients include an explanation of their upcoming procedure as well as what’s expected from them beforehand to prep and afterward to recover.   |   Photos provided by JIS Orthopedics

The steady movement of total hip and knee arthroplasties to outpatient ORs shows no signs of slowing down thanks to advances in minimally invasive surgical techniques and multimodal pain control methods that allow patients to head home safely soon after their procedures. That makes sense conceptually, but preparing joint replacement patients for same-day discharge and optimal outcomes isn’t quite that simple. How should you manage comorbidities? Should you screen patients for staph infections and treat carriers? How much time should pass between bilateral knee replacements? What are best practices in post-op care? My surgery center’s surgeons and staff are able to successfully perform up to a dozen joint replacements each day because we’ve worked hard to come up with answers to these important questions.

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