4 qualities of ideal outpatient TJR candidates

Written by Angie Stewart | April 19, 2018 | Print  |

Certain qualities can help physicians decide whether patients are strong candidates for total hip and knee replacements in the outpatient setting, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Here are the four best determinants.

1. Motivated: Patients should have a positive attitude and willingness to follow postoperative instructions.

2. Mobile: Patients who are active and independent prior to surgery will respond better to physical therapy and resume daily activities more easily. Inpatient surgery is better suited for patients who use a walker or wheelchair before surgery.

3. Healthy: The best candidates for outpatient procedures are the ones who have the fewest ailments and take the fewest medications.

4. Supported: Patients with a network of friends and/or family members who can help after surgery will experience faster recovery and better outcomes.

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