Frequently Asked Questions
Why have Joint Replacement surgery at the Ambulatory Surgery Center?
- Improved Patient Experience – Patients recover in the comfort of their own home.
- Faster return to functionality – Patients ambulate the day of surgery, return and adapt to their real-life activities faster.
- Decreased risk of infection and other hospital-acquired conditions – Joint replacement patients are not sick. They simply want to reduce their pain and return to the activities that they enjoy.
- Lower costs – On average a joint replacement procedure at Northwoods Surgery Center saves both patients and their insurance carriers substantial amounts.
How long does the patient stay?
Patients can stay up to 23 hours if necessary but in most cases, surgery is done in the morning and the patient is walked to their car in the afternoon.
How many procedures have your surgeons done in the ASC?
Dr. Kevin Tadych and Dr. Mark Balas performed their ﬁrst joint replacement procedure in 2008. Since that time they have successfully performed dozens of procedures with excellent outcomes.
Who is Eligible?
Not all patients are appropriate to receive a joint replacement in the Ambulatory Surgery Center. To be eligible, patients must:
- Have an American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical score of one or two.
- Not have signiﬁcant comorbidities or health risks such as obesity, obstructive sleep apnea or cardiovascular disease.
- Not be on signiﬁcant amounts of narcotics prior to surgery in order to establish pain control following surgery within the 23 hour timeframe.
- Must have insurance that is accepted by Northwoods Surgery Center.
- Be interested in having and agree to their procedure being performed at Northwoods Surgery Center.
What about Pain Control?
Patients are allowed their anesthetic of choice for the procedure (general or spinal) in addition to a femoral nerve block, local injection of medication at the surgical site, and standard prescribed oral medication for post-operative pain control. Many patients report having less pain as they leave the center than when they came in.
How do you ensure the safety of your total joint replacement patients?
- All patient charts are reviewed by anesthesia prior to surgery regardless of the ASA score.
- Patients are kept in the surgery center until their spinal anesthesia wears off to reduce their risks of falls.
- In the event of an unforeseen complication or the need for a longer length of stay, patients would be directly admitted to the hospital.