Explanation of Outcomes Terms


  • Blood Clots in the Hospital

    Blood clots can be a side effect of surgery. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms inside a deep vein, often in the lower leg. If it is not diagnosed and treated, it can travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism (PE). This is a very serious condition that can result in death if it is not diagnosed and treated. To help prevent blood clots, patients are encouraged to get up and walk around after surgery. They are also given special stockings to wear to help prevent DVT. See our score

    Hip Revision

    Redoing a hip replacement that was performed within the previous year. See our score

    Knee Revision

    Redoing a knee replacement that was performed within the previous year. See our score

    Infection

    An infection at the surgical site that develops within 30 days of surgery. See our score

    Hip Transfusion

    The percentage of people requiring a blood transfusion after total hip replacement surgery. Excessive bleeding is a risk of joint replacement surgery. Your surgical team will take steps to minimize blood loss. See our score.  

    Knee Transfusion

    The percentage of people requiring a blood transfusion after total knee replacement surgery. Excessive bleeding is a risk of joint replacement surgery. Your surgical team will take steps to minimize blood loss. See our score.