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An Innovative Patient-Centered Total Joint Replacement Program
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Total joint replacement surgery is among the most commonly performed inpatient procedures in the United States. More than 1,000,000 hip and knee replacements are performed each year, and, with the aging of our population, that number is expected to grow quickly.

Despite the general success of such replacements, approximately 20 percent of recipients of well-done replacements are unsatisfied with their surgery, and unmet patient expectations for the procedure are typically an important cause of such dissatisfaction. In fact, one study found that the most important contributing factor to dissatisfaction following total knee arthroplasty was not meeting patients’ expectations.