Recent advancements in surgical technique, surgical technology, medicines, and anesthesia have allowed some practicing Orthopaedic Surgeons to perform joint replacement surgery on select individuals in a comfortable outpatient setting.
What used to be a surgery requiring a 3-4 day hospital stay can now be performed in an Ambulatory Surgery Center and patients leave the same day to recover at home.
"A joint replacement is typically replacing joints that hurt or don't work properly with a new device that allows you to move the way you should," said Dr. Thomas Darden at Orthopaedic Associates. "These include your hips, knees or shoulders."
Orthopaedic Associates was the first to accomplish this in the Albany area, performing the first successful outpatient total knee replacement in their center in November 2014.
Advanced medical and surgical care are of utmost importance to the physicians and staff there.
Cutting-edge technology allows for minimal incisions, decreased surgical time and significantly decreased post-operative pain. That means a patient can leave after surgery comfortably and recover at home with loved ones and minimal discomfort.
"These changes allow the patient to keep the strength in their leg. This way they can control their leg after surgery and put weight on it immediately," reports Dr. James Mason at Orthopaedic Associates.
Many surgeries that previously required a hospital stay can now be safely and effectively performed at their state of the art ambulatory surgery center.
Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for outpatient surgery.
Orthopaedic Associates is located on Pointe North Blvd. in Albany, GA and offer services ranging from sports medicine to outpatient surgery to an after-hours clinic.