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Orthopedics - Supplement to Outpatient Surgery Magazine - August 2016

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7 8 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 A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 You've performed close to 10,000 outpatient joint replacements over the last 15 years. What have you learned? Everyone thought it couldn't be done. First, I've learned that it's possible. I've also realized that the large majority of patients — from young to old, healthy to sick — can be done in the outpatient setting. There are very few rea- sons to keep them overnight. Did you get pushback when you first started? People used to think I forced my patients out of the hospi- tal. That simply wasn't true. Patients continue to love the convenience of same-day discharge. Rush University Medical Center is a wonderful hospital. If patients are sick and dying, it's the place for them to be. But if they're recov- ering from joint replacement procedures, they should do it at home. What's the oldest joint replacement patient you've operated on in an outpatient setting? A 92-year-old man who had his knee replaced. he Past and Future of Outpatient Joints Richard Berger, MD Hip and knee replacement pioneer T

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