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J Arthroplasty. 2010 Jun;25(4):501-6. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2009.06.005. Epub 2009 Jul 28.

Outpatient total hip arthroplasty.

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The Arthritis Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA.


Patients younger than 65 years were studied to determine what percentage of patients would enroll in a study of outpatient total hip arthroplasty, its safety, and benefits of the program. Of 192 eligible patients, 69 (36%) enrolled, and 53 (77%) of these went home the same day of surgery. Of 53, 44 maintained a diary for the first 3, weeks and 52 completed a satisfaction questionnaire at 6 weeks. Patients were followed for 6 months for occurrence of complications. There were no medical readmissions. Of 52 patients who completed a 6 week questionnaire, 50 (96%) were satisfied with the decision to have outpatient total hip arthroplasty. There were no objective physical benefits identified. This study reports the distribution of acceptance and completion of same day discharge for patients with total hip arthroplasty in a metropolitan population. It confirms safety in selected patients.

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