The 23-hour total joint

By Maureen Leahy

Performing total hips in an ambulatory surgery center

What if you could offer joint replacement patients surgery that gets them walking within hours instead of days and doesn’t require costly overnight stays in a hospital? Advances in surgical technique, implant technology, and improved anesthesia and pain protocols are enabling some surgeons to perform reconstructive surgeries in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). For patients who meet the selection criteria, it’s an option that allows them to recover at home and resume their normal activities faster.

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