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Demand for Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty Is on the Rise

The Rheumatologist—September 15, 2017

The Rheumatologist featured HSS adult reconstruction and joint replacement surgeon Alexander S. McLawhorn, MD, MBA in an article about the rise of revision knee surgery. Given the uptick in these surgeries, Dr. McLawhorn said it’s essential to deepen the understanding of revision knee surgery outcomes. He noted that the 42-question knee replacement survey, Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS), might give physicians unusable information due to patient burden and fatigue.

The article reported that researchers at HSS created the KOOS JR. Knee Survey, a shorter seven-question survey that aims to accurately measure knee health. "The shorter patient survey will help gain necessary data on pain and function for [revision] knee replacement, while reducing the data collection burden on patients and administrators," said Dr. McLawhorn.

Dr. McLawhorn added that by collecting more data, he hopes to accelerate understanding of risk stratification, infection prevention and treatment, and implant designs to improve patient outcomes after revision knee surgery.

Read the full article at the-rheumatologist.org


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