The Outpatient Outlook

A St. Cloud Surgical Center Blog

Hip & Knee Pain Seminar June 22nd – Big Lake, MN


Free Hip & Knee Pain Seminar in Big Lake, MN at The Buff

Have you been looking for information about hip or knee surgery? We invite you to join us for a free seminar on Tuesday June 22nd at The Buff in Big Lake, MN to learn more about Mako SmartRobotics™. This medical breakthrough is a robotic-assisted technology that helps surgeons provide patients with a personalized surgical experience. A 3D model of your knee will be used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your knee replacement surgery. Learn more and get your questions answered!

The Buff
16722 198th Ave
Big Lake, MN 55309


Quest For Affordable Surgery

Dr. Joseph Belshe worked as an anesthesiologist in rural Minnesota before founding St. Cloud Surgical Center in 1972 – the 2nd outpatient surgical center in the US and 1st in Minnesota.

“The surgeons I worked with were searching for a less expensive and better way to do simple surgeries outside of the hospital. With modern anesthesia, I knew it was possible,” said Dr. Belshe. From finding a facility and acquiring licensure from the State to convincing insurance companies to come on board, Dr. Belshe diligently followed his calling. As he celebrated his 100th birthday this year, Belshe continued to credit the “good people around him” for his
success.“

We hired and worked with only the best – excellent surgeons, exceptional nurses, and top-notch administrators,” recalls Belshe. One of those exceptional nurses was his wife, Mary. The Belshes hope to travel from their home in Florida to celebrate St. Cloud’s Surgical Center’s 50th Anniversary next year. Known for exceptional customer service and quality assurance, St. Cloud Surgical Center is AAAHC (Accreditation Association
for Ambulatory Health Care) accredited and serves approximately 10,000 patients every year.


Medicare Now Covers Same-Day Total Hip Replacement Surgery at St. Cloud Surgical Center

Beginning this year, Medicare will cover total hip replacement performed at Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), such as St. Cloud Surgical Center.

In the past, total hip replacement surgeries have required extended stays in the hospital or a rehab facility while the patient recovers. Now, better anesthesia techniques, surgical techniques, and improvements in prosthetic implants have significantly reduced the recovery time after a joint replacement. This means that extensive hospital stays are no longer required for post-operative rehabilitation.

Factors Influencing Decision
The number of total hip and total knee replacement cases is projected to increase from 1.1 million to approximately 1.9 million by 2026, and 51% of primary hip and knee replacements are expected to be performed in the outpatient setting.

Many factors have contributed to the migration of joint replacement cases out of the hospital setting:

Both Medicare and commercial payers have historically pushed for the use of ASCs as an alternative, lower-cost site of care.

Adding total hip replacements to approved procedures creates an opportunity for more efficient use of healthcare resources and infrastructure—which has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected that patients who can safely be treated in ASC settings will be diverted away from hospitals in increasing numbers, and hospital capacity will be reserved to treat more acute patients.

Improved patient selection protocols have been developed.

Younger patients are undergoing total hip and total knee replacement procedures.

Surgical techniques and pain control measures have advanced.

Growing research shows the safety and efficacy of same-day discharge joint replacement.

Find out what this new rule means for you, and if you are a candidate for outpatient joint replacement.

What does this new Medicare rule mean?

  • The new Medicare rule represents a recognition that patients often recover from surgery better in their own homes and that extensive hospital stays are no longer required for post-operative rehabilitation.
  • This gives patients more options in choosing the location, quality of care, and the ability to save in the cost of their care.

 What are the benefits of outpatient joint replacement?

  • Outpatient surgery has a lower infection rate.
  • Patients can rest easier at home in a comfortable setting as opposed to staying overnight in a hospital.
  • Outpatient surgery is more affordable for patients.

Does St. Cloud Surgical Center offer total joint replacement?

  • St. Cloud Surgical Center partners with physicians from St. Cloud Orthopedics to bring the most innovative joint replacement procedures to our patients.
  • We currently offer robotic-assisted total hip, total knee, and partial knee replacement.
  • Learn more about our same-day joint replacement program here.

Am I a candidate for outpatient joint replacement?

  • Patient safety is the primary driver as to where surgery can be done. There are many contributing factors if a person can qualify as an outpatient joint patient.
  • Single health factor concerns such as having diabetes or being overweight are not an automatic disqualifier.
  • Contact us at (320) 251-8385 to see if you are a candidate.




Knee Pain Seminar on April 20th

Free Knee Pain Seminar at St. Cloud Orthopedics

Curious about partial or total knee surgery? We invite you to join us for a free seminar to learn more about Mako SmartRobotics™. This medical breakthrough is a robotic-assisted technology that helps surgeons provide patients with a personalized surgical experience. A 3D model of your knee will be used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your knee replacement surgery. Learn more and get your questions answered!

St. Cloud Orthopedics
1901 Connecticut Ave S
Sartell, MN 56377


Free Knee Pain Seminar – March 23rd, 2021

If you or a loved one is curious about joint surgery, we invite you to join us for a free seminar to learn more about the revolutionary Navio Robotic Assistance technology! This medical breakthrough is a robotic-assisted technology that helps surgeons provide patients with a personalized surgical experience. A 3D model of your knee will be used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your joint replacement surgery. Learn more and get your questions answered!

Location:

The Park Event Center
500 Division Street
Waite Park, MN 56387


Webinar: St. Cloud Surgical Center & St. Cloud Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic

Struggling to get a good night’s sleep with your CPAP? Learn how Inspire might be able to help during an educational webinar presented by Dr. Ron Hanson on Thursday, February 25th at 6 p.m.

Inspire is the only FDA approved obstructive sleep apnea treatment that works inside your body to treat the root cause of sleep apnea with just the click of a button. No mask, no hose, just sleep.

Learn more at our educational webinar

Presented by:
Dr. Ron Hanson of St. Cloud Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic
St. Cloud Surgical Center

View Important Safety Information & Register at: InspireSleepEvents.com

Register Now


St. Cloud Surgical Center Honors MLK’s Legacy with Day of Service



Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent questions is: What are you doing for others?”

A Day On, Not a Day Off
Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Week of January 18th
St. Cloud Surgical Center will be hosting its first organized Day of Service on January 18, 2021 and will continue throughout the week. Staff are volunteering to donate and create “snack packs” that will be distributed to Central Minnesota non-profit organizations. Giving back to the Central Minnesota community is one of St. Cloud Surgical Center’s core values.
The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994.

Consider doing something for others in honor of Martin Luther King.


Andrew Mulder, MD Presents: Overcome Joint Pain With Mako Technology

If you or a loved one is curious about knee surgery, we invite you to join us for a free seminar to learn more about the revolutionary Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted technology by Stryker! This medical breakthrough helps surgeons provide patients with a personalized surgical experience. A 3D model of your hip or knee will be used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your joint replacement surgery. 
Learn more and get your questions answered!




Colonoscopy Screening

St Cloud Surgical Center makes Colon Cancer Screening easy. By scheduling your colonoscopy screening with us, you’re assured a timely and comfortable experience and exceptional medical care.

As the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women, colorectal cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers with proper screening, early detection, and removal of growths.
Colonoscopy plays an important role in colorectal cancer prevention. A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive, safe procedure used to evaluate the colon for cancer and other gastrointestinal symptoms, such as rectal and intestinal bleeding, abdominal pain, or changes in bowel habits.



Webinar: St. Cloud Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic in conjunction with St. Cloud Surgical Center

Inspire is the only FDA approved obstructive sleep apnea treatment that
works inside your body to treat the root cause of sleep apnea with just
the click of a button. No mask, no hose, just sleep.

Learn more on an educational webinar presented by
View Important Safety Information & Register at: InspireSleepEvents.com

Dr. Ron Hanson of St. Cloud Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic
St. Cloud Surgical Center

Zoom Webinar – St. Cloud
St Cloud, Minnesota 56303
August 26, 2020
06:00 PM

Register Now


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