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July 14, 2015

AAOS Statement on ProPublica Article—"Making the cut: Why choosing the right surgeon matters even more than you know"

“For orthopaedic surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), there is no greater priority than the safety of our patients. The Academy is committed to working with our members to improve patient safety, care and outcomes through educational programs, quality initiatives and checklists, primarily directed at surgeons, but also for patients and other providers. Every day we work to minimize the number of adverse events, with the goal of eventually eliminating all types of preventable surgical harm.
 
“We also welcome transparency, and certainly a database on the surgical complication rates of a patient population, undergoing specific procedures, provides important information and a potentially useful tool for patients and physicians. However, the totality of the surgical complication issue is much more complex, and cannot be effectively addressed without considering all of the variables that impact surgery, care and outcomes.
 
“Patients can be assured that joint replacement and spine surgery are common, successful procedures that increase mobility and reduce pain for thousands of patients each year, with consistently low rates of complications and hospital readmissions. In addition, the Academy and the nation’s orthopaedic surgeons will continue to champion safeguards that ensure the highest quality musculoskeletal care and outcomes.”
 
David D. Teuscher, MD
President, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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Sheryl Cash
phone: 847-384-4032
Lauren Pearson Riley
phone: 847-384-4031
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