The National Joint Registry (NJR) has produced a new online tool which provides patient-specific estimates of the risks and benefits of joint replacement.
Researchers at the University of Sheffield and the University of Bristol developed the tool using NJR data from over a million patients who had undergone hip and knee replacements.
After taking into account a variety of factors, the user-friendly tool produces an individualised set of estimates, including the lifespan of the implant, and pre- and post-surgery pain and function levels.
The tool can be used by patients in their home or by general practitioners during patient visits. It is expected that the tool will improve the chances of success for joint replacements while also prevent non-essential surgery, thereby generating savings for the NHS.
Professor Mark Wilkinson from the University of Sheffield who led the tool's development said: "Everyone has slightly different expectations about what they hope their treatment will provide for them and hopefully the risk calculator will answer their questions.”