The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 28, Issue 5, 736 - 739

Changing Surgeons Improves Outcome of Subsequent Primary Total Joint Arthroplasty in Previously Dissatisfied Patients

Mann, Matthew A. et al.
Hip Knee

We assessed whether patients who were dissatisfied with their previous primary hip (THA) or knee (TKA) arthroplasty, done by another surgeon, would have continued dissatisfaction or would have significant improvements in outcome scores following their subsequent primary THA or TKA. The majority of reasons provided for switching surgeons and/or institutions related to dissatisfaction with some aspect of their surgical experience specifically involving the surgeon–patient interaction itself. All 12 THA and TKA patients noted that their subsequent arthroplasty had decreased their pain, improved their function and that they were satisfied with their result. All patients had a statistically significant improvement in their Harris Hip Score or Knee Society Score, WOMAC and SF-36 questionnaires. This study demonstrates that previous dissatisfaction with a THA or THA does not predispose to a suboptimal outcome following subsequent primary hip or knee arthroplasty.

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