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Spencer Hospital Offers Short-Stay Knee Replacement

Jul 22, 2019 01:41PM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

Do you regularly experience knee pain and find your discomfort is limiting your activities? Chances are you’ve tried therapy and other non-invasive treatments, yet you’re putting off surgery because the timing never seems right. Spencer Hospital’s Short Stay Knee Replacement Program may be the right fit and right timing for you.

“As the term ‘short stay’ indicates, the patient’s time in the hospital is quick,” explained hospital surgery center director Matt Cooper. “Traditionally, a person who has knee replacement surgery will spend two to three days in the hospital.  Currently under our short-stay program, the patient spends the night post-surgery in the hospital, yet on an outpatient basis, rather than under inpatient status. The care provided for a short-stay knee replacement patient is exactly the same as for all knee replacement patients, except all of the steps happen much quicker.”

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Pick explained, “A short-stay option is a good fit for a number of our patients. The decision of whether a patient is a short-stay candidate depends on the person’s health status, commitment to rehabilitation, and often, the coverage provided under their insurance program. I like the short-stay program for many of my patients as often the accelerated program best meets their goals to quickly return to activities.”

At Spencer Hospital, orthopedic surgeons Dr. Andrew Pick and Dr. Jason Hough of Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeons, and Dr. Alexander Pruitt of Orthopaedics, PC, all have performed short-stay knee replacement procedures. The physicians recommend that anyone experiencing chronic knee pain contact either office to schedule an evaluation to determine the best course of treatment for the individual.