Comparative Analysis of Short-Term Postoperative Complications in Outpatient Versus Inpatient Total Ankle Arthroplasty: A Database Study

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  • Ankle arthritis is a potentially debilitating disease, with approximately 50,000 cases diagnosed annually. One treatment option for these patients is total ankle arthroplasty (TAA). This procedure has historically been performed in the inpatient setting with a 1–2-night postoperative hospital stay. Outpatient surgeries are gaining popularity due to their cost effectiveness, decreased length of hospital stay, and convenience. Therefore it is important to evaluate the safety of specific procedures in the outpatient setting compared with the inpatient setting. This study evaluated the complication rates in inpatient versus outpatient TAA. It analyzed data from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for 591 patients who received TAA. Postoperative complication rates were compared between 66 outpatients and 535 inpatients. Frequencies of the following complications were analyzed: wound complications, pneumonia, hematologic complications (pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis), renal failure, stroke, and return to the operating room within 30 days. Unadjusted direct comparisons of the cohorts revealed higher complication rates in the inpatient cohort. Inpatients had higher rates of superficial surgical site infections, deep surgical site infections, number of organ/space surgical site infections, pneumonia occurrences, and return to the operating room, but these differences were not significant. These results showed no significant increase in complication rates in outpatients compared to inpatients. Our results suggest that inpatient and outpatient TAA show similar complication rates. This suggests that outpatient TAA is safe and may be a superior option for certain populations. Further investigation is warranted to verify these conclusions.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 19033635
  • Author List

  • Tedder C; DeBell H; Dix D; Smith WR; McGwin G; Shah A; Naranje S
  • Start Page

  • 23
  • End Page

  • 26
  • Volume

  • 58
  • Issue

  • 1