Number of Surgeons Exceeding Suggested Volume
In 2011, 100% of Highland Hospital's orthopaedic surgeons performed more than 10 total hip replacement procedures.
Studies have suggested that the volume of procedures performed by the individual surgeon, rather than the hospital as a whole, has more bearing on the outcomes of total hip replacement. These studies have shown that patients treated by surgeons who perform more than 10 total hip replacement procedures per year had lower rates of mortality and complications, such as deep wound infections and hip dislocations (Arthritis & Rheumatism, September 2002: 46(9); 2436-2444) (Journal of Arthroplasty, 1995: 10(2); 133-140).
Total hip replacement is a safe and effective procedure; however, complications may occur regardless of surgeon or hospital volume and may have more to do with patient characteristics than surgeon or hospital volume (The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, September 2005; 87-A: 2133-2146).