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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2010 Oct;92(7):610-4. doi: 10.1308/003588410X12699663904312. Epub 2010 Jun 16.

Early complications of total hip and knee replacement: a comparison of outcomes in a regional orthopaedic hospital and two independent treatment centres.

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Avon Orthopaedic Centre, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. gordon-bannister@tiscali.co.uk

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

There is anecdotal evidence of poorer outcomes from prosthetic joint replacement performed in independent treatment centres but very few comparative studies.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

We compared the early re-operation, dislocation, re-admission, major wound infection and audit rates of 880 total hip (THA) and 874 total knee (TKA) arthroplasties carried out at a regional orthopaedic hospital (Avon Orthopaedic Centre; AOC) with 368 THAs and 365 TKAs from an NHS (WGH) and 67 THAs and 86 TKAs from a private hospital (CNH) independent treatment centre.

RESULTS:

Early re-operation rates were 9% at CNH, 1.4% at WGH and 0.6% at AOC after THA and 8% at CNH, 1.9% at WGH and 1% at AOC after TKA. After THA, dislocation rates after THA were 6% at CNH and 1.8% at both WGH and AOC. Re-admission rates were 13% at CNH, 0.6% at WGH and 1.2% at AOC. Major wound problems were 20% at CNH, 3.8% at WGH and 0.4% at AOC after THA and 19% at CNH, 1.9% at WGH and AOC (1.1%) after TKA. After TKA, re-admission rates from CNH were 13%, 1% at WGH and 1.1% at AOC. AOC and WGH audited their outcomes. None were available from CNH.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results and audit from independent treatment centres are variable and patients should be warned of this before undergoing treatment at them.

PMID:
20557685
PMCID:
PMC3229356
DOI:
10.1308/003588410X12699663904312
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