News Experience in knee and hip surgery that translates into quality – revision rates: more than two to three times lower than the Swiss average
The data from the Swiss National Joint Registry SIRIS is clear: Schulthess Klinik’s high degree of specialisation and extensive experience has a direct beneficial impact on patient outcomes. Within two years after a hip or knee replacement operation, significantly fewer Schulthess Klinik patients require revision surgery than is the average in clinics across Switzerland.
Every year, several thousand prostheses are implanted in Switzerland; over 21,000 of these are hip replacements whilst almost 20,000 are knee replacements. Of these, around 1,200 hip replacements and around 850 knee replacements are carried out in Schulthess Klinik alone on an annual basis. As such, Schulthess Klinik registers the highest number of hip replacement cases in Switzerland and the second highest number of knee replacements.
High case numbers facilitate routine
What is done often is done better and in a more routine manner. Routine benefits not only the experienced and highly specialised team of surgeons, but is advantageous for the whole procedure as well. Surgical specialists, nurses, physiotherapists – high case numbers mean more experience and routine when it comes to specific conditions across the board, resulting in optimum care for patients.
Thanks to the Swiss National Joint Registry SIRIS, data on complication rates relating to individual hospitals and implants can be monitored and compared with one another. Hospitals in Switzerland have joined the national quality assurance agreement and have thus made a commitment to data collection. In addition to an annual scientific report, the national data is also published in an abridged version by the National Association for Quality Development in Hospitals and Clinics ANQ.
Significantly lower revision rates than the Swiss average
Official quality statistics provide a clear indication of Schulthess Klinik’s specialisation and experience. For example, in the latest publicly available report published, Schulthess Klinik boasts a 2-year revision rate for hip and knee replacements that is significantly lower than the Swiss average. With hip replacements, Schulthess Klinik’s rate is 1%, whilst for knee replacements the figure is 1.1%. This is over two and a half times lower for hip replacements, for which the Swiss average is 2.6%, and over three times lower for knee replacements, for which the average is 3.4% (SIRIS report 2022, report period 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2019).