While total joint replacement is a major medical event in a patient’s life, the advancements made in surgical procedures and the improvements in the design and manufacture of protheses, have made it possible for most patients to be in and out of the hospital in 1 – 2 days following joint replacement surgery. For many — patients whose age and overall healthy condition make it possible to have outpatient total joint replacement in an ambulatory surgery center like GDSC — the entire process is reduced to just hours!

Total joint replacement available at orthopaedics-only outpatient surgery center in Dayton

When more conservative efforts at controlling the advancement and pain of osteoarthritis fail to bring relief, it may be time for you to consider a hip, knee, or shoulder replacement. Total joint replacement, particularly hip and knee joint replacement, has become more commonplace in the past few decades. Because joint replacement surgery brings swift, measurable, and satisfactory pain relief, the number of surgeries is expected to increase exponentially over the next several years. The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports to the National Institutes of Health that by 2030, the demand for primary total hip replacements is expected to grow by 174% to 572,000 annually. Even more astounding, the demand for primary total knee replacements is projected to grow by 673% to 3.48 million procedures!

First performed in the United States in the 1950s to treat severe shoulder fractures, shoulder joint replacement has come to be used for many other painful conditions of the shoulder, including osteoarthritis. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, about 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder replacement surgery each year.

Experienced Dayton orthopaedic surgeons perform outpatient total joint replacements

Our orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in joint replacement surgeries have over 175 years of combined experience. They are supported by highly-skilled, professional medical and administrative personnel, creating a joint care team unparalleled in the Greater Dayton area. Call Greater Dayton Surgery Center’s Joint and Spine Program Director Carrie Carusone, MBA, BSN, RN, ONC at 937.531.6783 with any questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of exercises and activity can I do?

Exercise and maintaining an active lifestyle are important parts of health. Most patients with artificial joints are able to enjoy many activities, though some should be avoided. In general, high impact exercises, like running, jumping, heavy weight lifting, or contact sports, are not recommended. Participating in these activities, or activities like them, may damage your joint or cause it to wear down much more quickly. Low impact activities like swimming, walking, gardening, and golf are encouraged. You may kneel on your new knee without damaging it; however, it will likely feel uncomfortable.

When can I climb stairs?

You will be able to climb stairs prior to being released from the Center. We routinely would recommend doing just one flight of stairs a day until your strength and stamina returns.

Are there special measures I need to take regarding dental care?

Following your joint replacement surgery, it is important to notify your dentist that you have a joint implant. It is essential that you obtain a prescription from your dentist for a prophylactic antibiotic to be taken PRIOR to any dental cleaning or procedure for the rest of your life. You will need to remind your dentist of this requirement before every scheduled appointment in the future, in order to reduce the risk of developing an infection in your joint.