To reduce length of stay while maintaining quality of care, St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, ON implemented a care path with three discharge options. Two of these discharge options were early discharge to integrated community services. Patients meeting early discharge criteria are discharged home five days post-operatively with follow-up by home care nursing and physiotherapy. Otherwise, patients are discharged on day four to a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation unit at a separate facility. Patients requiring acute medical services for complications or co-morbidity stay in the acute care hospital. A prospective cohort evaluation showed no difference in complications and similar functional outcomes for the three discharge options.