There were 83,083 knee arthroscopic procedures between 2012 and 2017 obtained from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. The overall readmission rate was 0.87%. The complication rates were highest for synovectomy and cartilage procedures, 1.6% and 1.3% respectively. A majority of readmissions were related to the procedure (71.1%) with wound complications being the primary reason (28.2%) followed by pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, 12.7% and 10.6%, respectively. Gender and body mass index were not significant factors and age over 65 years was an independent risk factor. Wound infection, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism were the most prevalent complications.
23 Feb 2022