James Van Horne, MD, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in outpatient hip and knee replacements who practices at the Grants Pass, Ore.-based Paragon Orthopedic Center, shared his thoughts on the benefits of outpatient joint surgery at ASCs with DePuy Synthes and the Johnson & Johnson Institute.
Dr. Van Horne said performing outpatient total joints is beneficial for both patients and surgeons. The procedures cut costs for patients and allow them to recover faster, and let surgeons provide quality care.
"I saw in surgery centers the ability to get the quadruple aim not only making the patient happy, better results and being able to make it cost less, but to enjoy what I'm doing," he said.
"There just aren't enough total joint surgeons being trained to continue with the demand for surgery] unless we can make it possible for us to do more and still be happy," Dr. Van Home continued, citing clerical work like paperwork keeping surgeons from spending more time with their patients. "That's why I went to the surgery center; in a surgery center...we're able to do what we do best, which is care for patients."
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