Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco offers one day joint replacement discharge for eligible patients undergoing partial or total hip or knee replacement surgery. This innovative, minimally invasive approach means patients can have surgery one morning and go home the following day.
Previously, joint replacement patients typically would be in the hospital for three to four days or longer. But thanks to advances in less invasive procedures and pain management during hip or knee joint replacement procedures at Baylor Frisco, rehabilitation is now able to begin within hours after surgery with minimal discomfort, since patients typically do not need the types of pain medications that may have more side effects. After additional therapy the day after surgery, patients can usually discharge home that afternoon.
Candidates for One Day Joint Replacement Discharge
Many patients qualify for one day joint replacement discharge, including those who:
• Are overall in good health
• Have a healthy body mass
• Have a support person to help at home
• Take a pre-operative training class and review educational materials
• Have discussed one day joint replacement discharge with their surgeon
• Compatible with Total, Partial and Other Replacement Approaches
One day joint replacement discharge is not only available for patients undergoing traditional hip or knee replacement surgery, but also patients undergoing anterior hip replacement or partial knee replacement (also known as unicompartmental knee replacement). During anterior hip replacement, an orthopedic surgeon reaches the hip by working through the natural openings between muscles. Because this minimally invasive procedure does not require cutting the muscle, there is usually decreased pain and healing time. Partial knee replacement only replaces the knee joint surfaces that are worn out, leading to a much quicker recovery and activity level compared to total joint replacement.
Recovery On Your Timetable
If at any point for any reason a patient who meets the criteria for one day joint replacement discharge is not ready to go home the day after his or her surgery, the patient will remain in the hospital until he or she is ready to be safely discharged home.
Healthy Joints. Happy Patients.
One day joint replacement discharge is one of the latest offerings of Baylor Frisco’s orthopedic services program. Baylor Frisco has designed its Joint Replacement Center to provide comprehensive care for patients who undergo joint replacement. The goal is to give all patients a personalized solution for their unique joint problem and to help them return to a normal, active living as quickly as possible.
Baylor Frisco is home to a designated orthopedic unit that includes all private, well-equipped rooms and is staffed by compassionate caregivers who are specially trained in caring for orthopedic patients.
A joint wellness coordinator also visits with patients and their families to assist in meeting their needs and arranging pre- and post-procedure care.
Put an End to Joint Pain
For more information about The Joint Center, please call one of our Joint Replacement Center nurses at (214) 407-5128. For a referral to a joint replacement physician on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco, call 1-800-4BAYLOR.