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Health Care Providers Must Stop Wasting Patients’ Time

The average hip or knee replacement surgery in the United States requires a three-day stay in the hospital. This is largely because many hospitals are reimbursed for every day a patient is in a bed, and it’s easier for the care team to monitor the healing process if all of their patients are in one unit. The system was created by and optimized for surgeons and hospitals to provide safe care with good outcomes. But what about our patients?

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Recovering from a joint replacement

Angela Michael, an occupational therapist and the program coordinator of the Frederick Memorial Hospital bariatric, orthopedic and spinal surgery department, gave a recent presentation on joint replacement, and she stressed that joint replacement surgery isn’t something people should go into alone. The presentation was aimed at anyone preparing for either knee or hip replacement.

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Virtua Navigates Orthopedic Patients Pre- & Post-Surgery with Improved Patient Engagement and Care Coordination

With an aging population and increase in chronic conditions including obesity, the demand for hip and knee operation is increasing dramatically. A study in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery estimates by 2030 “demand for total hip arthroplasties to grow by 174% to 572,000 and demand for primary total knee arthroplasties by 673% to 3.48 million procedures”.

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