Are patients satisfied with their total joint replacement surgery?


A study in the West Indian Medical Journal attempted to find out if patients are satisfied with their total joint replacement surgery.

Here's what you need to know.

1. Researchers performed a cross-sectional study at Port-of-Spain General Hospital in Trinidad with 73 patients enrolled in the study.

They created a pre- and postoperative group. The postoperative group received either a total hip or total knee replacement surgery and had been in recovery for at least three months.

Researchers measured patient reported outcomes, patient health, visual analogue scores to assess current pain, patient satisfaction levels with perioperative management and fulfillment of patients' expectations over pain, mobility and independence.

2. The preoperative group had an average oxford hip score of 18.71. The postoperative group had an average score of 41.45. In every measure the postoperative group had better oxford scores than the preop group.

3. The researchers concluded that the postoperative group had increased function, decreased pain and showed improvements in both mental and physical health gained.

They believe the results show that postoperative patients were satisfied with the procedures.

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