Oxford Partial Knee Replacement as a Gateway to Outpatient Arthroplasty “Lessons Learned along the Journey”
Keywords:partial knee replacement, surgical technique, outpatient arthroplasty, patient satisfaction
The Oxford Partial Knee Replacement was approved for implantation in the US in 2004 after the surgeon completed an educational training requirement. Since then my knee practiced has expanded to over 50% partial knee. This experience coupled with refinement of surgical techniques, anesthesia protocols, and patient selection has facilitated the transformation to same day discharge for partial knee cases and has quickly transitioned to total hip, total knee, and selected revision surgeries. Patient selection has also expanded for outpatient joints and is now based on medical screening criteria and insurance access. Over a two-year period we have performed over 1,000 outpatient arthroplasty procedures with no readmissions for pain control. Overall readmission rate for all reasons was 2%. Patient satisfaction scores were 98% Great-Good for 2014-15. The combination of a partial knee replacement practice and an outpatient joint program brings the best VALUE to the patients, surgeons, and the arthroplasty system and represents the future of arthroplasty care.
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