Recent research has found that hospitals with low surgical volumes can be riskier for certain procedures.
Picking carefully where you want to undergo treatment can be important then, since the report found that patients who had primary total hip arthroplasty at low-volume hospitals were more likely to develop a pulmonary embolism within 30 days of surgery than those who were treated at high-volume establishments.
Published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Rheumatology, the research noted that elected total knee arthroplasty also came with a higher risk of venous thromboembolism and mortality after treatment at a low-volume establishment.
Jasvinder Sing of the University of Alabama and lead author on the report commented: "It is important to understand the impact of peri- and post-operative medical complications on the success of joint replacement surgery.
"Possible cardiac complications, blood clots, or infections increase patient morbidity and mortality risk, which can lead to higher health care utilization and costs."