Total joint replacement is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States. The number of patients is expected to grow over 150% by the year 2030. The reasons behind the increase are good however: People are more active and living longer. “And as surgeons, we’re trying the allow them to do that stuff after surgery as well,” said Dr. Anthony Orio who is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specialized in joint replacement of the hips and knees at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists.
Advances in technology and techniques to joint replacement have also helped with recovery time. “We’re doing these procedures the same day. You’re having surgery in the morning and you’re at home at nighttime eating dinner at the kitchen table,” said Dr. Orio.
SOS opened a new state-of-the-art one-day surgery center on East Taft Road in North Syracuse in April of 2019. It includes 8 operating rooms and 8 extended stay rooms if patients need to stay overnight these rooms will accommodate them until they see a therapist in the morning. “The post-operative management is much different than it may have been a few years ago,” said Dr. Orio. “We routinely see our patients back in about 2 weeks just to check their wounds, see how they’re doing. And a lot of them after that are not using any assistive device that they were using prior to surgery and they’re doing very well.”