Assuring the happy total knee replacement patient

M. Drexler, T. Dwyer, R. Chakravertty, A. Farno, D. Backstein

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Total knee replacement (TKR) is one of the most common operations in orthopaedic surgery worldwide. Despite its scientific reputation as mainly successful, only 81% to 89% of patients are satisfied with the final result. Our understanding of this discordance between patient and surgeon satisfaction is limited. In our experience, focus on five major factors can improve patient satisfaction rates: correct patient selection, setting of appropriate expectations, avoiding preventable complications, knowledge of the finer points of the operation, and the use of both pre- and post-operative pathways. Awareness of the existence, as well as the identification of predictors of patient-surgeon discordance should potentially help with enhancing patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-123
Number of pages4
JournalBone and Joint Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Total knee replacement
  • patient outcomes
  • patient satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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