If you need a hip replacement, chances are you only want to have the procedure once. But some people need to have hip replacements done over again, sometimes due to wearing, loosening, infection, or improper placement of prosthesis. Not only is there pain, inconvenience, additional cost, and recovery time associated with a second surgery, but studies have also shown that the rate of complications after a revision of a hip replacement surgery is greater than for a primary hip replacement.
While only your doctor can advise whether or not you need a hip replacement, before you choose your surgeon you may want to look at how likely it is that a hip replacement performed by the surgeon will result in a repeat hip replacement later.
To help you understand how your doctor’s rate of repeat hip replacement compares to a typical doctor’s:
- We measure how many of your doctor’s primary hip replacements resulted in a second hip replacement within 90 days of the first one—we call this their repeat hip replacement rate.
- We then analyze the typical practices of all other doctors in the United States who perform primary hip replacements, using a statistical model to predict the repeat hip replacement rate for patients who see your doctor.
By comparing these two numbers, you can see whether your doctor’s rate of repeat hip replacement is lower than, similar to, or higher than the predicted rate.
This prediction is adjusted based on the types of patients the doctor sees, so a doctor who treats sicker patients will have a different predicted rate than one who treats healthier patients.
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