Length of hospitalization after joint replacement: does early discharge affect complications and readmission rates?

Source:  Journal of Arthroplasty 2016, August 9 [epub]

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Date of publication:  August 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:   Increased length of stay is associated with increased complications and readmissions after joint replacement for patients with a hospital stay of 3 or more days.  There was no difference in complication or readmission rates after knee arthroplasty between patients discharged on post-operative day 1 or day of surgery.  However, in total hip arthroplasty there was an increased complication rate in patients discharged on the day of surgery compared to post-operative day 1.

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Acknowledgement:  Journal of Arthroplasty

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