Marshall Orthopaedics now offers same-day outpatient joint replacement at two locations


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall Orthopaedics is now offering same-day outpatient joint replacement surgeries at Three Gables Surgery Center, an ambulatory surgery center managed by St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC), a member of Mountain Health Network (MHN).  

Marshall Orthopaedics has offered the procedure at Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH), also a member of MHN, since May 2015. The same advanced technologies will now be offered at both locations, including robotic-assisted surgeries.

 “To be able to offer these surgeries in the setting of an ambulatory surgery center is yet another milestone for our department,” said Ali Oliashirazi, M.D., professor and chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and surgical director of the Mary H. Hodges Joint Replacement Center at CHH. 

Outpatient knee and hip replacement surgery is made possible through improved surgical technique, better pain control and thorough patient instruction. Studies have reported no additional risk of complications between the patient who recovers at home or in the hospital after a joint replacement.

“The big advantage of same-day outpatient joint replacement surgery is the ability to limit patient contact with those who are sick in the hospital setting,” said Matthew W. Bullock, D.O., M.P.T., orthopaedic surgeon at Marshall Orthopaedics and assistant professor at the school of medicine. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, this is even more critical.”

 Due to certain medical issues, not everyone is a candidate for same-day joint replacement.

“Ideal candidates have limited medical problems, are highly motivated, have good family support to help them at home, live within two hours of the hospital and have open communication with the surgeon,” said Alexander T. Caughran M.D., orthopaedic surgeon at Marshall Health and assistant professor at the school of medicine.

Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center have continuously been recognized by Healthgrades for quality and excellence in orthopaedic surgery.  For more information about the procedure or to schedule an appointment, call Marshall Orthopaedics at 304-691-1262.

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