Hip and knee replacements are some of the most successful operations that orthopaedic surgeons perform. They have transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians over the last 20 years.
There have been many advancements in joint replacement surgery over the last few years. One of the biggest areas of improvement has been a huge focus on rapid recovery.
Rapid recovery requires a team-based, multi-disciplinary approach.
Minimally invasive surgical techniques and modern anaesthetics often allow a patient to begin mobilising within a couple of hours of their surgery, with minimal pain. Whilst the average length of stay of private patients in hospital is approximately 4-5 days following joint replacement, rapid recovery techniques will often see patients safely discharged home in less than half that time.
In the end, patients can stay in hospital as long as they feel they need to. In my experience, patients who get home and back to their normal routine more quickly have generally better outcome.
Dr Daevyd Rodda