Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is well established as a clinically successful and cost-effective procedure for alleviating pain, restoring function and enabling a higher quality of life for patients with advanced osteoarthritis. These positive outcomes have driven significant growth in the number of TKA procedures performed globally. In the United States alone, the number of procedures is projected to increase from 693,400 cases in 2010 to 3.5 million cases by 20301,2.
Driven by such a significant projected boost of TKA, providers must evaluate all aspects of these procedures to ensure financial viability while delivering high quality care. In turn, there is a strong focus on controlling operating costs, minimising post-discharge complications, and optimising the utilization and scheduling of operating rooms.
single-use instrumentation can facilitate time and cost savings
while bringing greater reliability and predictability to multiple steps in the global delivery of TKA. GMK Efficiency comes terminally sterile and can streamline the instrumentation logistics and OR turnover
for each TKA case, as all Efficiency instruments are disposed at the end of the surgery. The durability and functionality of these instruments was attained through attention to design detail and the combination of special medical grade composite technopolymers with high precision manufacturing processes. These instruments can be used as a stand alone solution
or in conjunction with MyKnee
3D printed patient specific instrumentation.
In this modeling study by Dr Tyler Goldberg and Dr John A. Maltry is demonstrated that the majority of healthcare providers could realize substantial cost savings, improve OR utilization, and bring predictability to budgeting through less variance in the operating costs. Furthermore in this study is highlighted that, switching from reusable to Efficiency instruments, approximately 75% of simulated healthcare providers saved at least $750 per case, 50% saved at least $1,000 per case, and 25% saved over $1,200 per case. This finding suggests that single use instruments would be cost-effective in the majority of cases. GMK Efficiency instruments also dramatically reduced overtime in the OR, enabled the opportunity for an increase in the number of daily cases, and may reduce the risk of surgical site infections. Overall, this modeling study suggests that GMK Efficiency Single-use instruments have a compelling potential to help improve the quality and efficiency of delivering TKA procedures.