We performed our first hip replacement yesterday at our outpatient surgery center. We have been sending patients home the day of surgery from Swedish Ballard Hospital, but this was the first time at the outpatient surgery center.
Everything went as we had hoped and planned. The staff were all amazing.
I had discussed the options with my patient, and we both felt this was a good option. She is young and healthy, and a good candidate for this type of care.
We will be following here closely, and we have discussed at length being careful and not over doing it.
This is an exciting time for hip replacement surgery. Reducing the impact of this surgery on the body has enabled us to reduce the time in the hospital, and reduce the pain of recovery. I am sure we will continue to improve, but what a change over the past 10 years!