Dr. Jeffrey Stambough, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon at UAMS Health, discusses total joint replacement surgery and rapid recovery.
[Dr. Jeff Stambough, Hip and Knee Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery]
A common misconception that I get presented with in clinic for patients considering joint replacement is that, if I were to get a joint replacement, I’m going to have to go to a rehab facility after surgery and spend a number of weeks there recuperating. And we spend a lot of time and I take a lot of pride in pointing out that that is actually not the case. In this day and age, we use very advanced recovery protocols in surgery and in recovery to accelerate patients’ recovery. Most of our patients — over 95% — go home the next day and we are encouraging them to mobilize early. We use therapy and complementary multimodal pain medication to get people moving quickly and efficiently to avoid any potential complications from going to rehab facilities, if we can avoid that.