Dr. Nikhil Pandhi
At North Point ORthopaedics

Outpatient Joint Replacement

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Munster, IN

Outpatient Joint Replacement

Outpatient Joint Replacement services offered in Munster, IN

Traditional inpatient procedures have many disadvantages, including overnight hospital stays and skyrocketing co-pays. At his orthopedic clinic in Munster, Indiana, Nikhil Pandhi, D.O., M.P.H., performs outpatient joint replacement procedures that allow you to return home the same day as your procedure. Call or book an appointment online today to find out if you’re a candidate for outpatient joint replacement.

Outpatient Joint Replacement Q&A

What is an outpatient joint replacement?

Outpatient joint replacement is a procedure that doesn’t require an overnight hospital stay. Instead, Dr. Pandhi performs your procedure in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) and allows you to return home the same day as your procedure. 


With minimally invasive techniques, such as arthroscopy and robotic joint replacement, Dr. Pandhi can rebuild components of damaged joints through small incisions, resulting in minimal downtime. 

What are the different types of outpatient joint replacement?


Dr. Pandhi performs multiple types of outpatient joint replacement surgery, such as:

Knee replacement


The knee is a complex joint that connects the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone). The patella, or kneecap, protects the joint, while cartilage between the connecting bone cushions it. Several ligaments and tendons support and provide flexibility for the knee. 


Knee replacement surgery can repair any part of the knee joint, from the bones and cartilage to the ligaments.

Hip replacement


The hip is a ball-and-socket joint where the top of the femur fits into the pelvis. Cartilage protects the femur from damage, while muscles stabilize the joint. Wear-and-tear on the joint from repetitive movements can break down any part of its structure. Replacing the joint is often the only way to restore movement and flexibility to the hip.

Shoulder replacement


Like the hip, the shoulder is also a ball-and-socket joint. The top of the humerus, or arm bone, fits perfectly into the scapula (shoulder blade), providing nearly 360 degrees of motion. A rotator cuff is a group of tissues that holds the shoulder in place. Shoulder replacement is a minimally invasive procedure that can repair any of these structures.


If you frequently experience pain, low range of motion, and limited mobility from joint damage, outpatient joint replacement may be right for you.

What are the benefits of an outpatient joint replacement?


Outpatient joint replacement offers many advantages over inpatient surgery, including:


  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less pain
  • Smaller incisions
  • Shorter recovery time
  • No hospital stay
  • Lower co-pay


After a thorough evaluation that includes a physical exam and imaging scans, Dr. Pandhi can determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for outpatient joint replacement surgery.


Call Nikhil Pandhi, D.O., M.P.H., today or book an appointment online to learn more about outpatient joint replacement surgery.