Surgery Center Cedar Rapids performs its 1st outpatient TJR procedure: 4 things to know

Surgery Center Cedar Rapids (Iowa) performed the center's first outpatient total joint procedure.

Here are four things to know:

1. Jeffrey Nassif, MD, performed the procedure. Dr. Nassif practices at Physicians' Clinic of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.

2. For the past eight months, SCCR has been devising its hip and knee replacement program to ensure the program allows healthy patients to recover at home following the procedure.

3. Surgery Center Cedar Rapids is a partnership between more than 100 Cedar Rapids surgeons and anesthesiologists as well as UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

4. Since opening its doors more than 13 yeas ago, surgeons have performed more than 90,000 procedures.

"Transitioning these procedures to ASC is taking place throughout the United States where now over a 100 non-hospital facilities are performing hip and knee replacement on an outpatient basis," Dr. Nassif said. "This option is ideal for the extremely healthy patient and represents probably the greatest advancement in total joint surgery in the last 15 years."

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