Fast track hip replacement 'safe'

Posted on 01 July 2011

Fast track total hip replacement, no doubt undergone by many paying for care, has been seen to be safe in a new study.

Findings published in Springer's Hospital for Special Surgery Journal found that generally healthy patients who undergo total hip replacement can be discharged in two days rather than the standard three to six days.

These results could not only help cut hospital costs, but also improve patient satisfaction and reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

First author Lawrence Gulotta said: "Before this study, we were uncertain how safe it would be to discharge patients within two days after a total hip replacement, but based on this study, we now know that it is safe.

"This is evidenced by the fact that the patients who were discharged within two days did not have an increase in complications, readmissions or reoperations."

In other news, research published in journal Molecular Pharmaceuticals has revealed that joint replacement failures could be detected earlier thanks to the implementation of a new polymer-based imaging test.

Written by Megan Smith



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