Hospital for Special Surgery Works to Reduce Cost of Total Joint Arthroplasty

Written by Laura Dyrda | March 22, 2011 | Print  |
To combat the rising number of patients who will need total knee or hip replacements, the Hospital for Special Surgery has dedicated "laminar flow rooms" for all joint procedures, according to a Managed Care Magazine report.

According to some estimates, the number of total hip and knee replacements will approach four million by 2030, which could drastically increase healthcare spending.

The laminar flow rooms for joint replacement procedures only allow in members of the surgical team who are wearing personal exhaust systems, which minimizes bacterial counts. While laminar flow rooms are expensive, they are also beneficial for the hospital and payor because they lower the infection rate.

The Hospital for Special Surgery is also working to reduce the amount of cement used during total knee replacements to help the new joint last longer and encourage patients to begin moving sooner. The surgeons also use new materials designed to foster bone growth, such as trabecular metal from Zimmer.

Finally, the hospital is focusing on pain management to help patients begin moving faster and leave the hospital sooner.

Read the HSS summary of the Managed Care Magazine article about containing costs for total joint arthroplasty.

Read other coverage of Hospital for Special Surgery:

- Hospital for Special Surgery Researchers Examine Wrist Motion

- Hospital for Special Surgery Physician Performs Tommy John Surgery for Former Phillies Pitcher

- Hospital for Special Surgery Physician Transplants Tendons Into Patient's Hand for Regained Motion

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