May 21, 2019

Effect of regional anesthesia on readmission rates, costs after TKA

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

Regional anesthesia was not associated with decreased readmission rates and costs after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in this study.

In this analysis of 138,362 privately insured TKA patients 18-64 years of age, the adjusted 90-day readmission rate was 1.8% for those who did not receive regional anesthesia compared to 1.7% for those who did.

Adjusted readmission-related postoperative costs for patients who did not receive regional anesthesia was $561 and $574 for patients who did.

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