OUTPATIENT KNEE REPLACEMENT

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SAME-DAY KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY IN RICHMOND, VA

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KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY IN UNDER 8 HOURS

As a leading orthopedic surgeon in Richmond, VA, G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s Dr. Vic Goradia offers outpatient knee replacement surgery for patients affected by knee arthritis when nonsurgical and alternative treatments fail. With an outpatient knee replacement program in Richmond, VA, patients now have the option, when recommended by Dr. Goradia, of same-day knee replacement. The entire knee replacement process at the hospital or surgery center is less than 8 hours, and patients can be safely discharged home on the same day as surgery without being admitted to a hospital.

OUTPATIENT KNEE SURGERY QUALIFICATIONS

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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.

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OUTPATIENT KNEE REPLACEMENT RECOVERY

After surgery, a physical therapist and nurse will visit your home so we can make sure you are progressing well. Exercises, such as fully straightening the knee, squeezing the muscle on the top of your thigh (quadriceps) and ankle pump exercises will encourage proper recovery and help you regain strength in your knee.

The anesthesiologist will give you a nerve block prior to surgery to numb your leg, the effects of which will last another 12-24 hours after surgery to reduce discomfort. Afterwards, Tylenol or acetaminophen may be recommended for you to take 4 times a day to help with baseline pain control. Applying ice to the knee may also reduce pain and swelling. Other prescription medications such as anti-inflammatory medication or medication to combat severe pain may be prescribed depending on your specific needs.

Though you will be recovering from home, you will be in regular contact with Dr. Goradia through MotionIQ, an outpatient communication system. Before and after surgery, you will receive instructions, information and even videos directly from Dr. Goradia via text or email so you can feel comfortable and cared for throughout the recovery process and Dr. Goradia can monitor your progress from your home.

ADVANTAGES OF OUTPATIENT KNEE SURGERY

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR OUTPATIENT KNEE SURGERY?

If you think you or someone you know may be a candidate for outpatient knee replacement surgery, contact G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine today. If you’ve already spoken with a surgeon and are looking for a second opinion, we can help. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 804-678-9000 to get started.

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