Outpatient orthopedic procedures gaining popularity on international level – Read Full Article Here
It is known by several names: same-day surgery, day-case surgery, ambulatory surgery and outpatient surgery. Whatever the name, outpatient orthopaedic surgery is now considered by many to be safe and feasible across an ever-widening array of joints replacement. Proponents of these procedures say they have the potential to increase patient comfort and satisfaction while improving hospital efficiency and reducing health care costs.
“There is a big pressure towards ambulatory surgery because it is cheaper from a health care perspective,” said Peter Verdonk, MD, PhD, of Belgium. “The downside of it is we are pushing patients outside of the hospitals into their homes and sometimes there is a safety issue associated with the early move towards the home situation.”