Researchers at the National Center for Biotechnology Information forecast that, by 2030, knee replacement surgeries will increase a whopping 673% to 3.48 million procedures per year, while hip replacement surgeries will increase 174% to 572,000 procedures. And Pennsylvania will see more than its fair share of these procedures, especially in east central parts of the state including Harrisburg, Allentown, Lancaster, State College, and northwest Philadelphia suburbs, according to the Dartmouth Institute. But no matter where you live in the state—or in the country for that matter—it’s important to discuss your knee or hip replacement recovery program with your orthopedic surgeon before the procedure takes place.
Home health rehab: The smart choice for recovery after knee replacement
Too many people see home health care recovery after knee replacement as the result of substandard care pushed by unscrupulous health insurance companies. Although there may be individual circumstances that determine the best option for you, recovering at home after knee replacement is most likely the best choice for rehabilitation. According to a study completed by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, hip and knee replacement patients who received inpatient rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility care were more likely to be institutionalized 120 days after being discharged from acute care than those who received home health rehab or simple outpatient therapy.
Early hip and knee replacement surgery also best
Choosing to have a knee or hip replacement is obviously something that should be done in consultation with your primary care physician or orthopedist. In general, however, studies have shown that too many seniors put off hip and knee replacement to the detriment of their post-operative mobility and functioning. And, according to the American Physical Therapy Association, women are at greater risk than men when delaying this surgery. Plus, opting for earlier knee or hip replacement surgery may increase the likelihood that home health rehab is a viable option for recovery.
The best places for hip and knee replacement in Pennsylvania
Once you’ve decided to opt for this surgery, you’ll need to determine where the procedure should be performed. If your health plan or personal finances allow you to choose a specific health care provider, some places are better than others for orthopedics. The Becker’s Hospital Review places Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and the UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in their top 40 hospitals for orthopedic and spine programs. On the other hand, residents who live in central Pennsylvania may not want to travel so far for their medical care, especially if it hampers the ability to recover at home after knee replacement surgery.