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Racial Inequality in Knee Replacements

September 2, 2011
Knee Replacement

Knee Replacement

Black patients are more likely than white patients to have their knees replaced in hospitals with high risks of post-operative complications or mortality; reports a new study published in the journal of Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research.

Total Joint Replacements are performed in patients with knee osteoarthritis of all races.  Earlier science has suggested that black patients are more likely to get their knees replaced in medical centers or hospitals that perform a low number of joint replacement surgeries as compared to white patients who tend to have their joints replaced in hospitals that perform significantly more of these types of surgeries.

The study examined the records of Medicare patients who had their knees replaced between July 1st, 2002 and June 30th, 2005. ¬†The study concluded that, “Among elderly Medicare beneficiaries undergoing TKA, African American patients were more likely than Caucasian patients to be admitted to hospitals with higher risk-adjusted postoperative rates of complications or mortality”.



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