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Study Explores Trends, Outcomes in Outpatient Joint Replacement Compared to Hospital Stay

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With outpatient hip and knee replacements on the rise, researchers from the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) launched a study to analyze trends and compare complication rates of patients who go home the same day they have surgery versus those who spend one or more nights in the hospital.

Analyzing information from a large database that included patients nationwide, the researchers found no significant difference in complication rates requiring a hospital readmission for outpatient total hip replacement. For total knee replacement, they found slightly higher odds of complications in patients who left the hospital on the day they had surgery. The study appeared online ahead of print in The Journal of Arthroplasty.

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