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St. Augustine Surgery Center Launches Total Joint Program

St. Augustine Surgery Center in conjunction with Dr. Tod Northrup of Florida Sports Medicine Institute has launched a completely outpatient total joint program.

St. Augustine, FL, January 31, 2014 --( The St. Augustine Surgery Center, located in St. Augustine, FL., has introduced a whole new option in Total Joint Replacement– completely outpatient surgery. Advances in Dr. Tod Northrup’s minimally invasive technique, utilizing robotic technology and sophisticated approaches to pain management allow the patients to go home the same day and recover in the comfort of their own home surrounded by their family.

Dr. Northrup, orthopedic surgeon with Florida Sports Medicine Institute, launched the ground-breaking total joint replacement program in January of 2013. "We are proud that St. Augustine Surgery Center is the first and only center in Florida performing outpatient total joint replacements utilizing robotic technology. This technology provides precision that has proven to be less invasive and leads to quicker recovery. The overall cost savings of outpatient robotic surgery to both patients and the healthcare industry is impressive. This is a game changer!" These procedures can seem overwhelming to some patients. Providing detailed information and education helps the patient understand the process thus easing their anxiety. Dr. Northrup uses a website that answers patients’ questions and begins the process of creating a well informed and knowledgeable patient.

The art of keeping total joint replacement patients comfortable, nausea-free, and mobile requires using a variety of resources. Dr. Ahmed Bata, anesthesiologist with Coastal Anesthesia, addresses this challenge. “We use a multi-modal approach to minimize pain and nausea by using alternatives to narcotics in conjunction with a take home pain pump.” The pump provides pain relief directly to the local area as opposed to traditional systemic narcotics. This method makes recovery more comfortable, quicker, and with fewer complications.

The opportunity for patients to choose to have their shoulder, knee, or hip replacement in an outpatient setting is the optimal answer to the question of quality and cost. Patients comment that their experience is personal, easy in and out, much of their care being provided on a one on one basis. According to Stephanie Martin, Administrator at St. Augustine Surgery Center, “Patients want to return to living their normal lives - pain free. The same day surgery option helps them reach that goal without a hospital stay.”

Stephanie Martin
St. Augustine Surgery Center

Denise Riter
Florida Sports Medicine
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