Knee replacements are the second-most common surgical procedure done in the United States, and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and Coordinated Health's team of orthopedic surgeons performs more total knee replacements than any other provider in the region, using the latest techniques and technologies.
Same-day knee replacements are one of the advantages of referring patients to LVHN, with Thomas Meade, MD, orthopedic surgeon, offering this procedure at the Coordinated Health Allentown facility.
Especially since Medicare began covering knee replacements as an outpatient procedure in 2018, interest has been accelerating.
Meade says the same-day knee replacement is “a tremendously simplified procedure.”
“Patients go directly home from the recovery room,” he says. “They don’t need postoperative lab work and antibiotics. There is not as much intensive physical therapy, and, most important, half of the patients never take any narcotic pain pills due to simplified pain-management protocols.”
Reduced costs – approximately one-third less – are another key advantage.