OUTPATIENT KNEE REPLACEMENT PROCESS
Prior to surgery, each patient is evaluated by Dr. Goradia to determine if they are a candidate for outpatient surgery. For this evaluation, G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine uses the Outpatient Arthroplasty Risk Assessment Score, also known as the OARA Score.
Developed by Dr. Meneghini from Indiana, this assessment helps to identify patients that have lower risk factors for outpatient joint replacement. Throughout this process, a series of questions are asked regarding the patient’s health, which results in a score that indicates whether the patient is a low, medium or high risk. These results are then reviewed with the patient to discuss options and next steps.
If a patient is deemed a candidate for outpatient knee replacement surgery, they will receive one or more physical therapy visits prior to surgery so they can be aware of the most important exercises they will need to perform regularly after surgery to ensure a smooth recovery.
On the day of surgery, the entire process is completed in one day. In the case of outpatient knee replacement, as opposed to one or two nights spent in the hospital, the patient can be discharged on the same day to recover in the comforts of their own home.