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I 've always been a big believer in the potential of performing complex joint procedures on an outpatient basis. I performed my first outpa- tient total hip 20 years ago, and I was the first one in the world to do it. I did my first outpatient knee replacement 18 years ago. Since then, I've done more than 11,000 outpatient joint replacement pro- cedures, and I've seen plenty of changes in the industry during that time. One of these changes is occurring as we speak. Patients today are less wor- ried about going to a surgery center for orthopedic procedures, be it a total joint replacement or a shoulder arthroscopy. In fact, in many cases, patients actually prefer it. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly played a role in this shift. Patients who opt for elective surgery want to avoid hospital stays and, in many cases, hospitals overrun with coron- avirus patients are moving procedures they may have handled inpatient pre-pandemic to the outpa- tient realm for safety or resource-related issues. Of course, there will always be a need for both large hospitals and small standalone surgery cen- ters. However, right now, the latter is better posi- tioned to meet the complex surgical needs and patient care requirements of the COVID-19 era. When we got the green light to restart elective sur- geries after the nationwide shutdown earlier this year, our health system's surgery centers opened first because it was much easier for focused staff to get the extra safety measures up and running. 2 • S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 0 On Point Richard A. Berger, MD | Chicago Exciting Opportunities in Orthopedics Proven results and COVID-19 are driving more patients to outpatient ORs. RECORD-BREAKER Richard A. Berger, MD, performs one of the more than 11,000 total joint procedures he's completed. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

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