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2021 Feb 26


[Fast track in hip and knee arthroplasty].


Greimel F, Grifka J, Maderbacher G
Orthopade. 2021 Feb 26.
PMID: 33635375.


Fast-track treatment concepts were developed decades ago in general and abdominal surgery and have been adapted in recent years for the special requirements of hip and knee arthroplasty. In this field, Hendrik Husted in particular was able to demonstrate scientific evidence for the components of fast-track concepts. The primary aim is not so much to shorten the patient's hospital length of stay (LOS) but rather to effectively increase the quality of medical treatment for the patient and to reduce complications. The optimization of organizational processes as well as intraoperative and perioperative surgical approaches are essential components regarding the introduction of fast track into the clinical routine. This article gives a comprehensive overview of fast-track treatment concepts and explains the scientific principles for the approach.