4 essential reads on outpatient orthopedic surgery patient selection

Here are four articles covering outpatient orthopedic surgery patient selection:

1. How does outpatient total hip arthroplasty safety compare to inpatient?
Outpatient total hip arthroplasty is a safe and cost-effective option for certain patients, according to research published in the Journal of the American Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Patients who underwent outpatient total hip arthroplasty had a lower incidence of comorbid hypertension, obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and other problems

2. Patients with sleep apnea more likely to experience complications after total joint arthroplasty
Research published in the Journal of Arthroplasty examined how sleep apnea affects total joint arthroplasty complications. Among 529,240 patients studied, the patients with sleep apnea had greater odds of developing complications after total joint replacement surgery.

3. New risk assessment tool helps clinicians develop outpatient joint arthroplasty pathways
DJO Surgical's outpatient arthroplasty risk assessment tool, OaraScore, gives medical professionals information to assess postoperative length of stay after total joint arthroplasty. OaraScore uses a multidisciplinary algorithm that predicts patients' ability to be discharged either the same day as surgery or the morning after surgery.

4. Study identifies reasons for failed same-day discharge after outpatient total hip arthroplasty
Research published in the Journal of Arthroplasty identified the reasons why patients selected as candidates for same-day discharge stayed overnight, as well as the preoperative factors common in patients who weren't discharged the same day as surgery. The 28 patients who were not discharged the same day cited patient preference, hypotension or dizziness, failing to clear physical therapy, urinary retention and pain management as the reasons they stayed overnight.

More articles on orthopedics and TJR:
How does outpatient total hip arthroplasty safety compare to inpatient? 3 study details
African-American patients more likely to experience complications after joint surgery: 3 study insights
Chronic users obtain more opioids following joint surgery: 3 study finds

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