Readmission Following Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty: An Institutional Cohort.

Academic Article


  • PURPOSE: Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is the most common joint replacement surgery performed in the United States. Given the aging and increasingly comorbid patient populations undergoing these procedures, complication rates and the need for subsequent hospital readmission are only expected to rise. It is,┬átherefore, crucial to investigate the risk factors leading to readmission in order to improve patient outcomes. The purpose of this study is to identify significant risk factors for readmission following revision TKA procedures. METHODS: Patients undergoing revision TKA were identified at our institution from 2006-2017. The primary outcome was hospital readmission after revision TKA. Patient demographics, comorbidities, and postoperative complications were recorded and compared between readmitted and non-readmitted patients. RESULTS: Forty-five (26.2%) of the 171 cases were readmitted following revision TKA. The leading diagnoses at readmission varied from arthrofibrosis in 28.9% of patients, implant infection in 22.2% of patients, and implant failure in 20.0% of patients. Male gender was found to be a significant independent variable for readmission. This study also found that 51.1% of all readmitted patients continued to have complaints that required additional hospital readmissions. The average number of total readmissions was 2.1 per readmitted patient. CONCLUSION: This study was successful in identifying variables associated with readmission following revision TKA, as well as presenting information regarding the diagnoses associated with readmission. Our data also showed that if a patient was readmitted after revision TKA, it was likely that they would be admitted again. Due to the increasing prevalence and cost of these procedures, further studies are needed to better understand the risk factors and comorbidities leading to readmission in order to improve the perioperative care of these patients.
  • Published In

  • Cureus  Journal
  • Keywords

  • comorbidity, financial burden, readmission, revision total knee arthroplasty, risk factor
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    Author List

  • Dahlgren N; Lehtonen E; Anderson M; Archie AT; McGwin G; Shah A; Naranje SM
  • Start Page

  • e3640
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 11