High Pointe Surgery Center, a multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center located in Lake Elmo, Minn., is celebrating its first-ever outpatient uni-compartmental knee replacement being completed at the center. The center’s goal is to deliver an exceptional care experience that is uniquely tailored to the patient’s needs. High Pointe was able to deliver on this promise when it performed its first outpatient uni-compartmental knee replacement on March 27, 2012.
“Several years ago, after my first knee replacement by Dr. Dahl, I felt comfortable going home the night of surgery. He told me the convention at that time was to stay in at least one day, often two. This time around, I heard they were starting an outpatient program for selected patients, I was on board!" commented the first patient to have a knee replacement at High Pointe Surgery Center.
High Pointe has partnered with St. Croix Orthopaedics to develop an outpatient joint program in an environment tailored to the patient’s needs; at the same time, reducing the overall cost for the patient and healthcare system. Certain criteria must be met for a person to be considered for the facility's outpatient joint replacement:
• Good overall health.
• High level of motivation to participate in rehabilitation and to go home following surgery.
• A good support system at home.
Dr. Mark Dahl of St. Croix Orthopaedics P.A. was the first physician to perform this procedure at High Pointe. “The team of physicians and staff at High Pointe and St. Croix Orthopaedics P.A. has spent many hours developing a program that will exceed patient expectations and assure positive outcomes," Dahl states. "In addition to the quality care that we will deliver, patients will also experience lower out-of-pocket costs by having their procedure performed in an outpatient environment. If I had to sum up the patient experience, I would say ideal results without compromise."
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Advocacy Committee estimates ambulatory surgery centers save Medicare $2,000,000,000 (2 billion) annually by providing low-cost services. By shifting just half of all eligible outpatient surgeries to the ASC setting, Medicare could save an additional $2,300,000,000 (2.3 billion) annually. ASC’s save Medicare beneficiaries an average of 56 percent on their coinsurance. High Pointe Surgery Center is no different.
In operation since 1999, High Pointe Surgery Center has cared for more than 50,000 patients. It is a collaborative partnership between Lakeview Health System Stillwater, Minn., and local surgeons.