One-Third of Costs Prior To Knee Replacement, Not Recommended

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How confident are you in your treatment plan prior to your knee replacement?  100%? 80%? Often, we are confident in our doctor’s diagnoses and treatment protocols because otherwise, we would 2nd guess everything and are in a constant state of doubt. In the case of therapies prior to knee replacements; maybe it’s warranted.

Almost 30% of therapies utilized go against the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommendations.   

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In the year prior to total knee replacement (TKR) surgery, almost one-third of the costs for treatment of arthritis symptoms went toward strategies not recommended by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), according to new research. Costs could decrease by an estimated 30 percent if treatments that are not recommended are no longer utilized.

The total costs associated with outpatient knee osteoarthritis was $43,582,648. Among the other findings: 65.8 percent of the patients (56,960) underwent at least one of the analyzed treatments in the year prior to their TKR. The top three most costly treatments were HA injections, CS injections and PT, accounting for 52.6 percent of expenses (excluding hospital or inpatient), total costs of knee osteoarthritis in the year prior to TKR. The AAOS recommended treatments — PT, NSAIDs and Tramadol — represented just 11 percent of the total costs; in contrast, 29 percent of the costs were for interventions with strong or moderate recommendations against their use in the AAOS knee CPG.

“We hope that research such as this highlights the high prevalence of low-value interventions in the management of knee osteoarthritis and helps to motivate a transition to higher value care,” said Dr. Bedard.

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