Assessing the utility of routine first annual follow-up visits after primary total knee arthroplasty

Cale A. Jacobs, Christian P. Christensen, Tharun Karthikeyan

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Abstract

The combination of increased TKA utilization and a decreased number of arthroplasty specialists has resulted in a growing need to maximize efficiency without sacrificing the level of care being provided. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of routine first annual follow-up visits for patients that have undergone primary TKA. Of 339 TKAs performed by a single surgeon in 2012, 23% failed to attend scheduled first annual visits. Furthermore, none of the revisions performed at our facility since 2003 were the direct result of information gained at a patient's routine first annual visit. As such, we question the clinical utility of the first annual visit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-554
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

Keywords

  • Evidence based practice
  • Protocol
  • Reoperation
  • Revision
  • TKA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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