Intraoperative Imaging in Total Hip Arthroplasty Is Cost-Effective Regardless of Surgical Approach

Gregory J. Kirchner, Nathan P. Smith, Mark L. Dunleavy, Lucas E. Nikkel

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Background: Component positioning in total hip arthroplasty (THA) may be improved with utilization of intraoperative imaging. The purpose of this study is to determine if intraoperative imaging during THA is cost-effective. Methods: A break-even analysis was used as a model for cost-effectiveness, which incorporates cost of imaging (including direct charges and the additional time required for imaging), rate of revision surgery, and cost of revision surgery, yielding a final revision rate that needs to be achieved with use of intraoperative imaging in order for its use to be cost-effective. Absolute risk reduction (ARR) is determined by the difference between the initial revision rate and final revision rate. Results: At an anticipated institutional cost of $120 and requiring 4 additional minutes, intraoperative fluoroscopy would be cost-effective if the baseline rate of revision due to component mispositioning (0.62%) is reduced to 0.46%. Intraoperative flat plate radiographs ($127) are cost-effective at an ARR of 0.16%. Cost-effectiveness is achieved with lower ARR in the setting of lower imaging costs ($15, ARR 0.02%), and higher ARR with higher imaging costs ($225, ARR 0.29%). ARR for cost-effectiveness is independent of baseline revision rate, but varies with the cost of revision procedures. Conclusion: At current revision rates for component malpositioning, only 1 revision among 400 THAs needs to be prevented for the utilization of fluoroscopy (or 1 in 385 THAs with flat plate imaging), to achieve cost-effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S803-S806
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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