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Value in Single Use Instruments for Total Knee Arthroplasty: Patient Outcomes and Operating Room Efficiency

Value in Single Use Instruments for Total Knee Arthroplasty: Patient Outcomes and Operating Room Efficiency

Healthcare system is moving towards a value-based model to increase the quality of patient outcomes while simultaneously reducing cost. Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) has been shown to be one of the most clinically and cost effective procedures in orthopedics. Tyler Goldberg, MD, of Austin-based Texas Orthopedics, Sports & Rehabilitation Associates et Al. have just completed this study that analyzes the potential benefits of GMK Efficiency single use instrumentation compared to conventional instruments in TKA.

Due to a significant growth in TKA procedures providers continually evaluate new ways to perform these procedures while maintaining high quality outcomes at reduced cost. GMK Efficiency Single Use Instruments were developed to accomplish both these goals.
 
Efficiency instruments have been used in over 5000 TKA worldwide, during its Limited Market Release phase in accordance with the M.O.R.E Excellence Clinical Program, dramatically reducing the need and reliance on traditional metal instrumentation. Efficiency instruments also offer the potential benefits of reduced risk of infection, increased operating room productivity, significant savings resulting from volume reductions in instrument tray processing and sterilization, and costs associated with loaner instrumentation. 
 
In total, the economic model developed in this paper establishes a realizable benefit of $1,198 per procedure when using Efficiency instruments.
 
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