Joint Replacement Considerations

  •  Patients with preoperative atrial fibrillation undergoing total joint arthroplasty have increased length of hospital stay, increased transfusion requirement, and increased risk of periprosthetic joint infection and unplanned hospital readmission. (Aggarwal VK, J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2013 Sep 04;95(17):1606-1611)
  • Independent predictors for periprosthetic joint infection: higher American Society of Anesthesiologists score, morbid obesity, bilateral arthroplasty, knee arthroplasty, allogenic transfusion, postoperative atrial fibrillation, myocardial infarction, urinary tract infection, and longer hospitalization. (Pulido L, CORR 2008;466:1710)