New study suggests ‘Fast Track’ total hip replacement is both safe and effective.
Discharged from the hospital within two days of a total hip replacement operation? It’s possible, thanks to the new ‘Fast Track’ protocol that underwent testing in the U.S., in response to both patient requests for shorter hospital stays and economic realities of providing medical care. According to Dr. Lawrence Gulotta and colleagues, from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, a carefully screened group of patients undergoing total hip replacement can be discharged from the hospital two days after surgery, without any increase in complications or adverse effects compared with the more traditional protocol. Their work is published online in Springer’s HSS Journal.