The concept of QRS surgery originated in St. George, Utah with Dr. Michael Anderson and his team. It involves the application of known principles of surgery applied to patients undergoing hip joint replacement operations. The results of QRS have often resulted in shorter hospital stays after surgery. When patients are discharged from the hospital they usually return to their own home and experience quicker recoveries.
The application of QRS surgery begins well before the day of your operation. It involves a pre-surgical education including a training session with a physical therapist. In addition, a thorough physical examination is done by Dr. Anderson or his assistant prior to the day of surgery and if needed, clearance from your primary care will be arranged. It is during this pre-operative period that medical problems such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, etc are assessed. The idea of this pre-surgical period is to anticipate and minimize any medical problems that can affect the outcome of the surgery. Patient education is best done during the pre-operative period when the patient is not encumbered by the challenges of recovering from the operation.
Also in the preparation period the patient’s home environment is evaluated to see if it is appropriate for the patient to plan on being discharged to the home setting or if a short period of time at a skilled nursing home is safer.
Techniques used in surgery have been refined in such a way that injury to nerves and muscles is minimized resulting in less pain in the immediate post-operative period.
After surgery the combination of personalized physical therapy, if needed, and the proper use of pain medications results in a shorter hospital stay and a swifter return to normal activities. Physical Therapy following surgery is not routinely necessary. Most patients return home in one or two days.