August 22, 2016
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More surgeon work effort found with revision vs primary THA

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Recently published results showed surgeon work effort increased for revision total hip arthroplasty, with substantially longer length of surgery and length of stay and more blood loss and complications, compared with primary total hip arthroplasty.

Researchers collected demographic, clinical and radiographic data from 156 patients who underwent either primary total hip arthroplasty (THA, n=80) or revision THA (n=76) between January 2013 and December 2014.

Results showed a 66% increased percent effort for revision vs. primary THA, with statistically significant longer length of surgery and length of stay and more blood loss for patients who underwent revision THA. Researchers also noted patients who underwent revision THA had a 5-fold greater complication rate. Investigators noted surgeons had a 1.3-fold greater Medicare compensation for revision vs. primary THA, according to CMS data collected during the last 5 years of the study. – by Casey Tingle

 

Disclosures: Isaacson reports no relevant financial disclosures. Please see the full study for a list of all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.