There was a time when nearly all major surgeries required spending at least a few nights in the hospital, followed by a lengthy recovery time that was often characterized by immobility and severe pain. This was especially true of total joint replacement surgeries, where hospital stays were followed by days – and sometimes weeks – spent in a rehabilitation or recovery center while enduring postoperative pain and discomfort. Modern medicine has vastly improved this paradigm. Many patients undergoing total joint replacement surgeries today often spend the morning in an outpatient surgery center and spend that evening sleeping in their own
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