At Miriam, joint replacement is becoming less of a pain

QUICK RECOVERY: Dr. John Froehlich, director of the Total Joint Center at The Miriam Hospital, says within the last year, the center has reduced its average hospital stay for patients having knees and hips replaced from four days to one day. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./BILL MURPHY
QUICK RECOVERY: Dr. John Froehlich, director of the Total Joint Center at The Miriam Hospital, says within the last year, the center has reduced its average hospital stay for patients having knees and hips replaced from four days to one day. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./BILL MURPHY
Thirty years ago, when Dr. John Froehlich was an orthopedic surgical resident, the average stay for patients coming into hospitals for replacement of knees and hips was seven days. By 2011, when the Total Joint Center opened at The Miriam Hospital, its typical patient remained in the hospital for almost four days. Last year, thanks…

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