Iowa hospital's program sends knee surgery patients home earlier: 3 notes

Spencer (Iowa) Hospital offers a short-stay knee replacement program, the Spencer Signal reports.

Three notes:

1. Under the short-stay program, knee replacement patients stay overnight as outpatients, rather than two to three days as inpatients.

2. The hospital considers health status, commitment to rehabilitation and insurance coverage when identifying short-stay candidates.

3. Orthopedic surgeons from two Spencer-based groups, Orthopaedics PC and Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeons, have performed short-stay knee replacement procedures at the hospital.

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