ICJR Interviews: The Implications of Rapid Discharge after TKA

    Strategies for safely reducing length of stay for joint replacement patients while avoiding complications and readmissions are of great interest to orthopaedic surgeons in today’s practice environment.

    At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Craig M. McAllister, MD; Ira H. Kirschenbau, MD; and, Jeff Stepanian, PA-C, presented early results of their research on rapid recovery protocols that are designed to discharge joint replacement patients as quickly – and as safely – as possible.

    Dr. McAllister, from ProOrtho, Kirkland, Washington, spoke with us about the goals of the study (“Clinical Outcomes and Cost Implications of Rapid Discharge Versus Traditional Pathways after Knee Replacement”; Poster 280), the methodology, and the implications for clinical practice.

    Click the image above to hear his comments.

    Producer: Henrik B. Pedersen, MD; Director: Michael Bugera; Post Production: Charles J. Maynard