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Research Finds Higher Number of TKR Procedures Equates to Lower Complications

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The more frequently surgeons and hospitals perform Total Knee Replacement (TKR), the less frequently complications and revisions occur, according to new research findings. Quality of life is also better and fewer patients undergoing surgery die.

In a series of commissions awarded by the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), the question is whether for certain surgical procedures, a correlation can be shown between the volume of services provided per hospital and the quality of treatment results. IQWiG‘s rapid report on total knee replacement (TKR), also called total knee arthroplasty (TKA), is now available.

According to the findings, there are positive correlations between the volume of services and the quality of treatment with regard to numerous outcomes, both at the hospital and surgeon level: The higher the case volumes for TKR, the less frequently severe complications occur. Hospital stays are shorter and fewer readmissions and renewed surgical procedures of the knee are required.

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