Next Avenue—June 28, 2017
According to the National Institutes of Health, more than a million Americans will undergo hip or knee replacement surgery this year. Patients are often faced with the decision to recover at home or to an inpatient facility. Next Avenue interviewed Douglas E. Padgett, MD, chief of the adult reconstruction and joint replacement service at HSS, on which option is the best choice.
"Our consensus is to encourage people to go home," he said. Earlier this year, HSS presented a study that supported this policy change at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ annual meeting. The study found that at-home patients were less likely to develop complications than those in rehab.
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