February 10, 2016
Recently published data indicated that in the United States, total ankle arthroplasty is a relatively safe surgery with an overall 30-day complication rate of 1.4%.
Using the University HealthSystems Consortium administrative database, researchers identified 2,340 adult patients who underwent total ankle arthroplasty between 2007 and 2011. Investigators analyzed patients’ demographics, hospital length of stay, hospital direct cost, and in-hospital mortality and 30-day readmission rates. Predictive preoperative factors for increased risk of 30-day complications were determined by univariate regression analysis.