Scott E. Grabill, D.O., Sentara Albemarle Hospital, discusses how rapid recovery focus expedites discharge for hip and knee replacement patients and gets them back on their feet sooner.
Hi. I'm Dr Scott Gravel, orthopedic surgeon here in Santa orthopedic and sports medicine specialists, and one of my clinical interests is rapid recovery after joint replacement. And this is, ah, term that's really come into spotlight in my subspecialty of hip and knee replacement over the last year or two. Andi idea is that we bring patients into the hospital or to the outpatient surgery center not because they're sick, but because they have a bad hip or bad knee, and they need that problem. Fixed on goal is Thio surgically fix that problem typically with a joint replacement, like maybe a partial knee replacement or total knee replacement or a hip replacement? And then quickly after that procedure, we want to get them up walking, working with physical therapy within minutes or hours of the surgery. Oftentimes with a combination of medications that we use now, during and right after surgery, were ableto keep people, um, to a very minimal amount of pain, and that allows them to be very mobile and oftentimes discharged from the surgical suite, tow home within a matter of hours and often on the same day or the next day on DSO. That's really been a focus of mine is bringing that those protocols in those technologies here during practice