In and out: Hip surgery in the morning, home by night | Dr. Davidovitch Speaks to NBC News

Published on December 22, 2017

Americans are wearing out their joints and requiring total hip replacement surgery at increasingly younger ages — some as early as 40.

Total hip replacement, a surgical procedure in which the head of the femur and its socket are replaced, is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States. Over 340,000 people get a “new hip” each year to treat chronic pain and mobility issues caused by age-related wear and tear, arthritis, fractures, and other conditions.

Traditionally, patients face a lengthy and sometimes difficult recovery — an average of four days in the hospital, with follow-up care in a rehabilitation center.

Fortunately, a new nontraditional approach pioneered by Dr. Roy Davidovitch, orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone Health and OrthoManhattan, is promising patients a quicker short-term recovery time. Many patients even leave the same day.

“Younger, active patients tend to be in the work force and a lot of them own their own businesses. They want to get back to work,” said Davidovitch. “With this approach they can come in the morning, have the operation, and be done sometime before noon. They go home sometime around 5, 6 o’clock in the afternoon.”

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