May 21, 2019

Effect of regional anesthesia on readmission rates, costs after TKA

By: Judy Mathias

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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