November 12, 2014
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THA outcomes, surgeon volume effects can be effectively managed

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Studies dating back nearly 20 years have shown a correlation between surgeon volume and the rate of complications in total hip arthroplasty, with higher-volume surgeons yielding lower complication rates.

“There are a fair number of studies now that establish pretty clearly that volume matters — independent of the volume done by the hospital,” said Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MSc, professor of medicine and orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

In the November issue, Orthopedics Today explores the practices of high-volume total hip arthroplasty surgeons and provides pearls low-volume surgeons can use to improve outcomes. Click here to read the full Cover Story.