When you hear the words “joint replacement surgery,” you probably think of long hospital stays, painful recovery and months of therapy. For a long time, this depiction would have been accurate. However, thanks to ongoing advancements in surgical techniques and pain management, many patients now find themselves returning home the day after surgery and resuming normal activities sooner than ever. And best of all, they’re doing it at a fraction of the cost.
Ambulatory surgery centers, or ASCs, are outpatient healthcare facilities that provide a range of services, including diagnostic and preventive procedures. Not only do these facilities offer top-notch care in a convenient, personalized environment, but they provide these services at lower costs than traditional hospitals.
According to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, the Medicare program and its beneficiaries share an average of $2.6 billion in savings through procedures performed at ASCs. These savings ultimately result in lower copays for patients. ASCs are also highly regulated to ensure that each patient receives quality care. Overall, patients report a 92 percent satisfaction rate with the care and service they receive at ASC facilities.
Nearly 40 percent of ASCs around the country now offer outpatient joint replacement surgeries. These numbers are expected to increase as patients see the opportunity to receive high-quality care with greater convenience and savings.
Patients who schedule procedures at ASCs can expect to enjoy:
- Ease of scheduling
- Convenient parking
- Decreased wait times
- Highly trained surgeons and medical staff
- Fully equipped facilities
- A commitment to patient satisfaction
If joint replacement surgery is in your future, talk to your doctor about whether your procedure is ASC eligible. There are several factors to consider when scheduling joint replacement surgery, including your age, health history and extent of the procedure. Discussing all options with your healthcare provider is the first step in finding a treatment facility that meets all your needs.