More than 600,000 people receive a total knee replacement each year. For some local patients, this procedure can be performed at Lowcountry Orthopaedic's Outpatient Surgery Center as opposed to in a hospital setting. Total Joint Replacement procedures for the hip, knee and shoulder are offered in the physician-owned outpatient surgery center setting as well as some spine procedures. Dr. Richard Zimlich explains, "Outpatient surgery involves the same equipment and surgical facility as an inpatient surgery at the hospital. We have all of the equipment we need to perform safe outpatient surgery at our center." Lowcountry orthopaedic surgeons continue to perform inpatient total joint replacement procedures across the tricounty. However, for patients that are appropriate candidates for outpatient total joint replacement, several benefits follow.
- Reduced Infection Risk - The outpatient surgery center allows for more control and less risk of infection. Hospitals are a larger environment with an increased infection risk.
- Experienced Personnel - Lowcountry Orthopaedic's physicians work with the same staff on a daily basis, patients often know the staff in the operating room. Thus, a more personalized, compassionate environment is possible.
- Recovery - After the procedure, patients recover at home. Says Dr. Zimlich, "It's a shorter stay. Nationally, the average hospital stay with a knee or hip replacement is two days in the hospital. At the Lowcountry Orthopaedics Outpatient Surgery Center, you are in and out in seven hours with supportive home care services provided."
Fast forward to feeling better with Lowcountry Orthopaedic Outpatient Surgery Center. Says Dr. Zimlich, "We have had great satisfaction from patients that have had their operations performed here."