Dr. Shah is an author in the latest edition of Rapid Recovery in Total Joint Arthroplasty.
03 April 2020
Over the past decade, there has been a growing interest in performing primary total joint arthroplasty in an outpatient setting. One of the most important factors in making this a reality is the development of rapid recovery anesthesia protocols and utilization of multidisciplinary care teams focused on getting the patient discharged home as quickly and safely as possible. With an increasing number of total hip and knee replacements being performed at freestanding surgery centers, the immediate safety net of a hospital is no longer available. Careful patient selection and appropriate anesthesia administration tailored to the outpatient setting have become paramount. Anesthesiologists now play a greater role in screening patients, minimizing narcotic administration, and facilitating early ambulation. It is critical that both the surgeon and the anesthesiologist understand the shared goals of treatment in order to give them the best chance to provide a positive and safe experience during outpatient surgery for their patients.