You, as the patient, have an active involvement in your joint replacement, which proves to be one of the most powerful predictors of success. Dr. Wickline has adopted the SwiftPath Method to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed for the best possible result. These include an integrated Patient Guide and JointCamp family engagement, identifying and managing health risk factors, modern pain management, homecare and online reporting.
Patient optimization focuses on improving your health before surgery. Dr. Wickline will help you identify and manage patient related risks for better results and to reduce complications.
Dr. Wickline provides you with a SwiftPath Patient Guide that he has authored. It includes standardized protocol, evidence-based medicine and his specific therapies. It serves as a comprehensive surgical road map to help you and your caregiver learn and understand your active roles in the joint replacement journey.
You and your caregiver attend a JointCamp, focusing on the importance of patient engagement and family support. It teaches the key elements that help decrease pain, improve rehabilitation, reduce length of stay and enhance recovery following surgery.
Dr. Wickline is committed to the reduction of narcotics in our communties. The SwiftPath Method used a systematic approach of modern pain management that has been vetted in Surgeon RoundTables and proven with outcomes. Minimizing the amount of narcotic pain medications will help avoid complications like nausea and constipation, as well as overuse of narcotics. This approach includes joint injection, anti-inflammatories, Tylenol and cryotherapy.
The SwiftPath Method includes a shared decision-making process between Dr. Wickline, you and your caregiver on the best pathway. He will confirm the need for a joint replacement and determine if you are a candidate for outpatient surgery, 23 hour stay, or reduced hospital stay.
Dr. Wickline is trained in minimally invasive techniques that result in less blood loss, less pain, shorter stays, the possibility of rehabilitation in your own home and faster patient recovery.
The SwiftPath Method uses a post-surgery protocol for homecare to minimize post-surgery issues. It combines modern pain management with a secure, on-line or reporting results to Dr. Wickline can closely monitor your pain levels and recovery.
1. McAllister, CM, Kirschenbaum, IH, and Stepanian, JD. Clincal Outcomes and Cost Implications of Rapid Discharge Versus Traditional Pathways after Knee Replacement. Accepted for Presentation at AAOS Annual Meeting, March, 2016
2. McAllister, CM, Kirschenbaum, IH, Stepanian, JD and Burks, GF. Rapid Discharge Versus Traditional Pathways after Knee Replacement: Clinical and Patient Reported Outcomes, AAHKS Annual Meeting, November, 2015