Outpatient Total Knee Replacement Patient Story - 1 week post op.
Hi, my name is Elsa Corrigan. I live in Lake Tahoe, California. And I just had a total knee replacement from Dr. Stone. I guess I've been contemplating doing this for about five years. I had numerous knee injuries including three anterior cruciate replacements because of being a skier and I'm also a chef, so I stand on my feet a lot and uh, it's taken a while to schedule this and fit it into my life. But, uh, it's been a week now since I did the procedure in the outpatient surgical unit, not far from the office of Dr. Stone. It was pretty cool because it's downtown San Francisco and an art deco building. I kind of liked that. It didn't feel so much like a hospitalization. I like the idea of being a surgery clinic because you're not around a lot of sick people, rather you're just dealing with bone issues rather than infection.
So that seemed attractive to me to be in that kind of environment and not have to worry about getting any infections into the wound. Now I know I'm on the other side of this. Uh, the major process of having the surgery and now I can focus on rehabilitation and resuming the activities that I really am passionate about, that I wasn't able to do before are, or have been dwindling off in the last handful of years because of the pain and living in an outdoor activity centered place like Lake Tahoe not being able to do those activities that have become second nature as has been kind of tough emotionally and just lifestyle because that's what I do. My experience at the stone clinic has been really good because I like the fact that it's a team of people working together to help me, uh, get through this process of, um, improving my body or fixing it and getting it back to a place where I can resume the activities I want to. I am super excited about getting to move forward and I feel like I'm in good hands.
Elsa C. Profile
Total and partial joint replacement has moved out of the hospital. Our patient was pleased to have avoided a hospital for her total knee replacement. Hospital infection rates are higher than outpatient settings and are more difficult to treat. Hospitals are also large, inefficient and expensive because they have to cater to a wide range of ill people, deal with multiple layers of unionized staff, and doctors of all specialties.