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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 8 9 I f building a total joints program from the ground up sounds incredibly challeng- ing, well, that's because it is. But the rewards will likely be well worth the blood, sweat and tears you'll shed. Not only are total joints exploding, but increasingly they're being performed in outpa- tient facilities: a more effi- cient, a more economical and a more desirable setting for surgeons as well as for patients — who'd much prefer to recover and rehabilitate at home rather than spend 3 nights in a hospital. The numbers tell the story. About 3 million patients are expected to undergo outpatient hip and knee replacements by 2030. Already, more than 10% of total knee cases and being performed on an outpatient basis — a number expected to grow when Medicare begins paying for hip and knee replacement surgeries that are performed in ambulatory surgi- Need Help Launching a Total Joints Program? Leading orthopedic implant companies can assist you in starting a same-day joint replacement program. Anna Merriman | Associate Editor • MAKING A CHANGE Many surgeons are taking their total joint proce- dures to outpatient settings.

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