Patients who make $35,000 a year or less report better outcomes after knee replacement surgery than people who earn more. The lower-income patients studied by Mayo Clinic and the University of Alabama at Birmingham reported less pain and better knee function at their two-year checkups than wealthier people. Study author David Lewallen, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic says, “It runs counter to what many might have expected to see. We need to work to understand it further.”
The study is being presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting.
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Title for broadcast cg: Dr. David Lewallen, Mayo Clinic Orthopedic Surgeon