Dr. David Crawford: Outpatient Joint Replacement Has Low Risks of Complications
Dr. David Crawford, MD, Columbus, OH: Outpatient Joint Replacement Has Low Risks of Complications
Dr. David Crawford is one of Ohio’s top experts in hip and knee replacement surgery. Among his clinic’s specializations are outpatient joint replacement procedures, a treatment which, according to one research, promises fewer complications compared to traditional surgery, among other benefits.
The study was conducted between 2013 and 2016 and involved 928 patients in 1,143 outpatient procedures. Researchers took note of the presence of medical complications and early perioperative complications, as well as factors like overnight stay. They also noted two-year minimum outcomes in 793 patients.
The researchers noted excellent results. Except in cases that required manipulation, just eight (0.7 percent) patients required reoperation within 90 days after the procedure. Only nine (0.8 percent) patients required revisions. Deep infection occurred very rarely, happening on just two (0.17 percent) of the operations.
The researchers concluded that outpatient joint replacement was safe for almost all patients and that the need for overnight stay increased mostly because of other health conditions.
Other benefits of outpatient joint replacement
Patients undergoing outpatient surgery can look forward to these other benefits:
- Less pain. The surgery is quick—in Dr. David Crawford’s clinic, 94 percent of patients go home the same day of the surgery. Three percent stay longer for medical reasons and the other three percent remain for convenience. Once you get home, you’ll only require a long-lasting local anesthetic to control pain instead of IV painkillers.
- Fewer transfusions. You are likely to not need blood transfusions, thanks to the improved surgical techniques used in the procedure. This causes less stress on your body while also cuts your expenses.
- Faster recovery. Being able to recover at the comfort of your home can do much to speed up your healing. Typically, a physical therapist also begins working with you right after the procedure.
Outpatient joint replacement allows patients to obtain treatment and find comfort faster, without compromising their condition. Make sure to ask your doctor about it.