Fast Track Total Joint Replacements

Fast Track Total Joint Replacements

Fast Track (Same Day) Total Joint Replacements

The Bone and Joint Specialists "Fast Track" Total Joint Programs

Our Bone and Joint Specialists perform fast track total joint replacements and is one of a few practices in the country to offer this technique as an outpatient procedure. The fellowship trained surgeons at LCMH utilize the most current techniques to perform minimally invasive total hip and knee replacements in a hospital setting. Through our experience and commitment, we have coordinated all the care you will need before and after surgery. By having the Fast Track protocol in place, we can accommodate safe same day discharges and avoid the burden and cost of an overnight hospital stay.

 

Our three Fast Track Joint Programs are highlighted below. Please discuss with your surgeon which option is best for you.

 

ASAP Track (Same Day Discharge):

  • Patient will be discharged the day of surgery
  • Utilization of epidural and regional anesthesia
  • Pain control with oral medications after surgery
  • Patient is able to tolerate a regular diet without nausea
  • Patient has an adequate support system at home to help with basic needs
  • Appropriate home health care and physical therapy to start immediately after surgery

Accelerated Track (Next Day Discharge):

  • Patient will be discharged the next morning
  • Utilization of epidural, regional, or general anesthesia
  • Pain control with oral medications after surgery
  • Patient is able to tolerate a regular diet without nausea
  • Patient has an adequate support system at home to help with basic needs
  • Appropriate home health care and physical therapy to start immediately after surgery

Advanced Track (Two-Day Discharge):

  • Patient will be discharged after two nights in the hospital
  • Utilization of epidural, regional, or general anesthesia
  • Pain control with oral medications after surgery
  • Patient is able to tolerate a regular diet without nausea by the day of discharge
  • Together the medical team, patient and family will decide on a discharge plan for home or a rehabilitation facility (For home discharge the patient must have an adequate support system at home to help with basic needs)
  • Many studies have shown that outcomes after total joint replacements are best when a team approach is utilized. Studies also show that patients recover better at home and have less complications. We at DuPage Orthopedics have a great team and are thankful to be able to provide our patients with excellent care to ensure successful outcomes with our Fast Track Programs.

Our Team Utilizes:

  • Orthopedic nurses who are highly trained and dedicated to provide you with the best patient experience possible before and after surgery.
  • Certified physical therapists specializing in orthopedics with the primary goal of providing a tailored program to meet the specific rehabilitation needs, and assist each patient with returning sooner to their normal lifestyle.
  • Board-certified anesthesiologists who utilize anesthesia modalities to minimize discomfort before and after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the benefits of the Fast Track Program?

  1. Ability to recover in the comfort of your own home
  2. Quicker return to normal activity
  3. Avoid burden and cost of an overnight hospital stay

What insurance plans do you accept?
We accept most insurances. Please give us a call to verify insurance coverage.

 

What can I expect after surgery?
Our skilled nurses will educate you on your post-operative pain medications, wound care, and any other concerns you may have. They will also arrange for home health care and physical therapy to come to your home in the weeks after surgery.

 

What is the recovery time for the Fast Track Program?
The typical recovery time varies. The average recovery timeframe is 3-6 months.

 

What determines which Fast Track Program is ideal for me?
Our medical team will discuss your health history, support system and lifestyle during your initial consultation to customize a Fast Track plan for you.

 

Your safety is our number one priority. Regardless of the program, you are in good hands with the Bone and Joint Specialists of LCMH. Trust us, we will keep you moving!

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