Why Joint Replacement is Better at a Surgery Center

From Left to Right:
William E. Wilson, MD, James J. McCoy, Jr, MD, Keith J. Santiago, MD, Adam Schaaf, MD, F. Patterson Owings, MD, Christopher A. Merrell, MD, Eric S. Stem, MD, William S. Corey, MD
James D. Spearman MD, Shailesh M. Patel, MD, Don O. Stovall, Jr, MD, Richard H. Zimlich, MD
David C. Johannesmeyer,MD, Joel R. Cox, Jr, MD
Not pictured: David H. Jaskwhich, MD, Christopher T.Battista M.D.

Lowcountry Orthopaedics is a pioneer in performing same-day joint replacement surgery utilizing the most advanced robotic-arm assisted surgical technology. The first independent practice in the Lowcountry to develop this program in an outpatient surgery center setting, the Robotic Joint Replacement Program at Lowcountry Orthopaedics Outpatient Surgery Center allows patients to have total joint replacement surgery and return home the same day! Patients benefit by eliminating the need for hospital admission and can rehabilitate at home. 

The program that was once reserved for a few select patients is now approved to treat Medicare and most private insurers.

Same-day joint replacement surgery benefits include fast recovery, lower risk of infection, no risk of hospital-acquired illness, cost reduction, and increased patient satisfaction. Patients interested in same-day joint replacement surgery should schedule an evaluation with Dr. Zimlich or Dr. Stem to review their medical profile for candidacy. 

Benefits At A Glance

  • Less invasive 
  • More precise placement of implant 
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Cost-savings
  • Faster recovery 
  • More natural-feeling knee, thus less discomfort
  • Better post-surgery motion and mobility 

Does the same-day procedure result in faster recovery? 

Drs. Zimlich and Stem’s Robotics joint replacement minimizes tissue disruption. The combination of robotically assisted surgery, multimodal pain management, accelerated rehabilitation, and a personal care team makes the recovery faster and the discomfort less. At home, rehabilitation may also contribute to the speed of recovery.

Lowcountry Orthopaedics is a natural fit to pioneer the Mako Assisted Robotic Joint Replacement since their surgeons have significant experience using robotic equipment and a comprehensive outpatient surgery center program in place for all joint surgeries, such as knee, hip, and shoulder. As part of their award-winning Orthopaedics program, the Robotic Joint Replacement Program offers highly personalized treatment from the dedicated, experienced Orthopaedic staff.

Their personal care team helps ensure patients are well informed and fully navigated through the outpatient surgery experience. The program coordinator is there to answer any questions acting as a liaison for the patients and strengthening the relationship with the physician and staff to provide the best possible care experience personalized to your needs. 

If you are considering a total joint replacement and would like to discuss your surgery for either same-day or inpatient surgery, call our Lowcountry Orthopaedics at 843-797-5050 for more information or to schedule an appointment.