International Orthopaedics

, Volume 42, Issue 8, pp 1783–1787 | Cite as

Successful initial experience with a novel outpatient total hip arthroplasty program in a public health system in Chile

  • Orlando Paredes
  • Rodrigo Ñuñez
  • Ianiv Klaber
Original Paper



The aim of the present study was to assess the first experience with outpatient total hip arthroplasty (THA) in a public health environment in Chile.


Prospective series of the first 69 patients/72 hips. Surgery was performed in a public university-affiliated hospital. The patients were 64 (31–84) years old and healthy (ASA I–II) candidates for a primary hip arthroplasty.


The outpatient track had 52.2% of arthroplasty candidates included and 94.4% (68/72 hips) were successfully discharged the same day. There were no emergency room visits during the first week after surgery. Two patients had single dislocation episodes, one requiring stem revision. There was one deep vein thrombosis. There were no other complications. All the patients reported to be satisfied with the outpatient track.


An outpatient track can be developed in a safe manner in this healthcare setting and population. This track of care was well accepted by the patients.


Total hip arthroplasty Length of stay Outpatient surgery Osteoarthritis 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Orthopedic SurgeryHospital Clinico Metropolitano de La FloridaSantiagoChile
  2. 2.MEDS Clinical Sport CenterSantiagoChile
  3. 3.Service of Physical TherapyHospital Clínico La FloridaSantiagoChile
  4. 4.Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile
  5. 5.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryPontificia Universidad Catolica de ChileSantiagoChile

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