Dr. Nizam has been performing joint replacements – bikini anterior hip replacements and patient specific (3D printed) Instrumented knee replacements for many years, where patients who are operated in the morning hours, who are medically fit and stable and mobilizing a few hours after surgery are certainly able to safely go home that afternoon or evening. This is also called Day-case Joint Replacement.
In majority of these procedures, patients are going home within 24 hours of surgery with good mobilization, with or without the aid of crutches with minimal discomfort and less restrictions.
Although patients are ready to be discharged home by the afternoon – some patients prefer to spend the night and then go home the following morning mostly for convenience and some patients may have to travel a few hours to their hometown or suburbs.
Most of these patients are also driving within 1-2 weeks of joint replacement surgery as per our published studies.
We have the infrastructure for day surgery joint replacement in place to send patients home the same day, however it is the hospital and fund agreements that prevents us from doing so.