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Columbia Orthopaedic Group uses digital platform to reduce recovery time

Dr.  Bus Tarbox, right, a sports medicine surgeon at the Columbia Orthopedic Group, shows his patient James Taylor, of La Plata, the outcome of Taylor's knee surgery recovery compared to other patients with the same surgery nationwide.
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Dr.  Bus Tarbox, right, a sports medicine surgeon at the Columbia Orthopedic Group, shows his patient James Taylor, of La Plata, the outcome of Taylor's knee surgery recovery compared to other patients with the same surgery nationwide.

Less than six months after a total knee replacement, a patient at Columbia Orthopedic Group golfed his best 18-hole game at his dream golf course in California.

Such speedy recoveries, Surgical Center Administrator Andrew Lovewell said, have become the expectation of patients who have opted in to use the center’s Force Therapeutics digital platform for post-operation care.

The group regularly performs joint surgeries with patients returning home the same day, and the technology serves as an efficient way for doctors to continue communication. The platform allows patients easy access to information prior to surgery and recommendations about how to care for themselves after returning home.

“It gives you access not only to that information at all times, but it also gives you a recovery pathway,” Lovewell said of the digital platform. “When you’re at home, you can be making progress on your own outside of going to a physical therapist or making a trip to the ER because you have questions.”

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