Historically, joint replacements were exclusively performed in an inpatient hospital environment. Now, these surgeries can be done safely, affordably, and with better results as a same-day surgery. Summit Orthopedics, a large specialty group in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, has redefined advanced surgical care in the outpatient environment with its surgery centers and recovery care suites. Summit was one of the first surgery centers in the nation to receive The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
With their innovative non-narcotic pain management protocol, patients report an average pain score of 1 or lower after surgery and for the first 24 hours (1-10 scale). Summit drastically decreased infection risk – national hospital average is 1 in 40, while Summit is only 1 in 500 patients.
Summit blends hospitality and healthcare with their onsite hotel-like suites. Luxury linens, specialty orthopedic mattresses, private bath with soft robes, and catered meals are provided in a soothing environment with specialty care from nurses and physical therapists. Their Secure Tracks physical therapy system helps patients walk approximately 3 hours after surgery, and by the end of the day can walk 400 feet with little to no pain.
All of these quality and safety benefits are delivered in an inclusive care package with a twenty to thirty percent lower medical bill than you would pay for a hospital stay for the same surgery.