Dr. Victor Hugo Hernandez is an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Miami Health System. For more information about Whole Joint Replacement Surgery at UHealth, call 305-243-3000 or visit UHealth Health News Blog.
A new approach to knee replacement surgery at UHealth allows patients to go home the day of surgery, resulting in faster and safer recovery.
“We changed our protocols, we changed the way we do anesthesia, and we changed our rehabilitation for the patient,” says Dr. Hernandez, UHealth Orthopedic Surgeon. “This allows us to do the operation in less than two hours and start physiotherapy the same day. Within four to six hours, the patient can go home.
Dr. Hernandez says improvements in surgical techniques are attracting younger patients. In May, he replaced the knee of 56-year-old former athlete Rolando Zuccolillo. Dr. Hernandez says it should last another 30 years.
For Rolando, the benefits were almost immediate. “Four hours after the operation, he was walking and going fantastically well,” says Dr. Hernandez. Barely two months after the operation, Rolando had already resumed his active lifestyle.
“I still play basketball three times a week with a group of friends and try to go for a three or four hour bike ride every weekend,” says Rolando.
Dr. Hernandez says that today, 80% of the knee surgeries he performs are on an outpatient basis. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a shorter hospital stay is beneficial for patients who want to reduce their exposure to medical facilities.
Rehabilitation is a key part of recovery, says Dr. Hernandez. At UHealth, physiotherapy is offered at several locations, including an award-winning gym at UHealth Tower where patients can practice daily tasks such as getting in and out of the car.
In addition to knee replacement surgery, hip replacement surgery is also performed on an outpatient basis at UHealth. “There is a big change for these patients,” he says. Dr. Hernandez. “They feel even better after the surgery than in the morning because that pain is gone. They are able to walk. »
For Rolando, having his knee joint repaired restored his quality of life faster than he expected. He says, “I am very, very happy. I had the best experience.
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