Patients Agree: Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty is the Way to Go

By Lenna El-Safwany; March 30, 2023, 17:33 GMT+0000

Patients who underwent outpatient total joint arthroplasty had high satisfaction scores and low readmission rates, according to results presented at the  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons  Annual Meeting in March 2023.

In the first study to establish patient satisfaction after outpatient total joint arthroplasty, patients indicated they were very likely to undergo the outpatient procedure again and had high patient reported outcomes (PROs). The study, “Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes following Outpatient Joint Arthroplasty in Academic Medical Centers,” presented at the 2023 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, also showed that patients had short discharge times and low readmission rates after outpatient total joint arthroplasty. The study reported:

  • Cumulatively, 94.6% of patients would undergo their procedure again, with 100% of THA, 93.8% of TKA and 93.3% of UKA patients saying they would redo the surgery.
  • Of all patients, 92.7% would choose to be discharged the same day again, with 94.3% of THA, 81.3% of TKA and 95.6% of UKA patients stating that if they needed the surgery again, they would have their surgery on an outpatient basis.
  • The mean time to discharge was 5.4 hours for THA, 4.9 hours for TKA and 4.7 hours for UKA.
  • Regarding PROs, THA patients reported a mean HOOS JR score of 95.6; TKA patients reported a mean KOOS JR score of 89.8; and UKA patients reported a mean KOOS JR score of 86.3.
  • A total of nine patients were readmitted, with readmission rates of 3.0% for THA, 2.9% for TKA and 5.6% for UKA. There were no repeated readmissions.

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SOURCE Max R. Wursta, Orthopedics Today

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