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