Hip and knee replacements are some of the most successful operations that orthopaedic surgeons perform, (according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons). 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 in recent years.  One of the biggest areas of investigation has been a focus on rapid recovery.

Rapid recovery joint replacements require a team-based, multi-disciplinary approach.

Minimally invasive surgical techniques and modern anaesthetics can possibly allow a patient to begin mobilising within a couple of hours of their surgery, with minimal pain(1,2). Whilst the average length of stay of private patients in hospital is approximately 4-5 days following joint replacement (see more here), using rapid recovery techniques, I 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 and under the advice and supervision of their Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Dr Daevyd Rodda

[1] What‘s new in hip arthroplasty; MH Huo et al; JBJS Am; 2005 Sep, 87(9):2133-46

[2] Single-incision anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty on an orthopaedic table; JM Matta et al; Clin Orthop Relat Res, 2005 Dec, (441): 115-24