HOAG ORTHOPEDIC INSTITUTE DOCTORS AUTHOR STUDY HIGHLIGHTING SAFE, EFFICIENT
PROTOCOL FOR SAME DAY DISCHARGE FOR PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT
IRVINE, Calif. – After unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA), also known as partial
knee replacement, day of surgery discharges for appropriately selected
patients can be both safe, efficient and even increase patient satisfaction
according to a recent study published in the November issue of
The Journal of Arthroplasty.
Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty procedures involve the removal and replacement
of a ‘compartment’ of the knee joint which is damaged, as
opposed to total knee arthroplasty which is the replacement of the entire
The study, authored by Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) surgeons and clinicians
noted that improvements and refinement of the perioperative pathway and
techniques over the last decade allowed for successful same day discharge
of 160 consecutive patients at HOI.
“We’re pleased to showcase our successes in building a protocol
which is best for our patients, and hope that our model will become a
gold-standard for care,” said Dr. Robert Gorab, Chief Medical Officer
of HOI and a leading author of the study.
The study found that due to improvements in the process before, during
and after surgery, patients can actually be discharged sooner and without
uncontrolled pain or nausea. Additionally, none of the patients in the
study required overnight admission for side effects of the surgery, and
results showed high patient satisfaction following discharge.
Study authors included Joseph Gondusky, MD; Leera Choi, BA; Naila Khalaf,
MD, PhD; Jay Patel, MD; Steven Barnett, MD; and Robert Gorab, MD.
“These are exciting results considering our aim has always been and
always will be to get our patients back to their daily routines as quickly
and safely as possible,” said Dr. Steven Barnett, a study co-author
and surgeon at HOI.
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About Hoag Orthopedic Institute
Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) is comprised of a 70-bed hospital located
in Irvine, California and two ambulatory surgery centers: Orthopedic Surgery
Center of Orange County located in Newport Beach, California and Main
Street Surgery Center located in Orange, California. With over 66 orthopedic
specialists, who have performed over 10,000 cases annually which include
the diagnosis and treatment of knee and hip replacement, spine, sports
medicine, orthopedic trauma and extremities care both in an inpatient
and outpatient setting. In 2011, HOI was selected to be one of the first
of three hospitals selected to participate in an innovative patient registry
database that tracks long-term patient outcomes by California Joint Replacement
Registry. Recently, named as one of the top orthopedic hospitals in the nation by
Becker’s Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review. For more information, please visit www.orthopedichospital.com.