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A study published in the June 21 issue of JBJS looks at trends in emergency department (ED) visits following major joint arthroplasty surgery. The authors reviewed records on 152,783 patients from three states and found that 5,229 (3.42 percent) returned to the inpatient setting and 8,883 (5.81 percent) presented to the ED for care within 30 days. 

Of those who presented to the ED, 17.94 percent had a primary diagnosis of pain and 25.75 percent had both a primary and/or a secondary diagnosis of pain. Overall, patients who presented to the ED had more comorbidities and were more frequently non-white with public insurance compared to those who did not present to the ED. Learn more...