Andrews Institute Helps to Keep You Active

Gulf Coast Healthy Living Magazine Volume 8, Issue 1 - The Andrews Institute

Andrews Institute Helps to Keep You Active

Physical activity is good for all ages. Yet as we grow older, cartilage wears down and joints may ache. People may be tempted to simply sit on the sidelines instead of actively participating in the hobbies they love. 

Joint replacement surgeries may become unavoidable realities when alternatives are not possible. Historically, joint replacement surgical procedures were associated with long hospital stays and lengthy rehabilitation periods. Thankfully now, physicians at Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are leading the way in providing safe and effective ways to provide better patient outcomes with joint replacement procedures while reducing complications. 

Andrews Institute and Baptist Health Care boast lower readmission rates and shorter hospital stays than the national average for total joint replacements, and they recently received the highest score for quality performance among all area hospitals in the first year results of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. This attention to value based care is due to experienced and proficient surgical providers as well as Andrews Institute and Baptist’s focus on pre-surgical optimization, a way to have patients enhance results after surgery. 

“One of the main reasons we are able to provide these outcomes is due to the emphasis we place on presurgical optimization for the patient,” said Brett Smith, M.D., M.S. “We make sure that we address a patient’s risk factors through pre-surgical optimization to ensure they have the best possible outcomes.” 

Normal risk factors can include obesity, diabetes and rheumatologic disease. Andrews Institute and Baptist work with patients to manage their risk factors prior to elective surgery to decrease the risk of complications during a total joint procedure. 

While joint replacement procedures have previously been completed as an inpatient surgery associated with long hospital stays, Andrews Institute providers have found that putting patients back on their feet quicker after surgery has led to reduced complications and more favorable outcomes. Patients may qualify for an outpatient joint replacement option. Outpatient procedures eliminate the need for hospital stays altogether and allow patients to return home after the joint replacement procedure. “We’re in the learning phase, I’d say, of determining who are the best candidates for outpatient and who still requires inpatient for a total joint procedure,” said G. Daxton Steele, M.D. “We’ve got a lot of different parameters we’re measuring. We’re taking somewhat of a conservative approach right now, but we’re learning who those patients are and who does better with inpatient versus outpatient at the current state.” 

“We’re in the learning phase, I’d say, of determining who are the best candidates for outpatient and who still requires inpatient for a total joint procedure,” said G. Daxton Steele, M.D. “We’ve got a lot of different parameters we’re measuring. We’re taking somewhat of a conservative approach right now, but we’re learning who those patients are and who does better with inpatient versus outpatient at the current state.”

 If a patient requires a joint replacement procedure, Andrews Institute physicians will offer an individualized care pathway that sets the patient up for the best possible outcome. Andrews Institute providers are available at multiple locations throughout Northwest Florida.



To read more about how The Andrews Institute can keep you active please read Gulf Coast Healthy Living - Winter 2019 Edition or vist AndrewsInstitute.com