Patients Happier If They Can Keep Their Old Orthopaedic Hardware

It's not silly — it's an easy way to make your patients happy

Smart Practice: Unless there is some reason not to, offer your patients the chance to keep their (cleaned and sterilized) orthopaedic implants/hardware upon removal.

What’s the Claim?

When given the opportunity to keep their orthopaedic implants upon removal, more than 90% of patients did so. In a substantial minority, that opportunity improved their satisfaction with the experience (27%) and made them “respect their doctor and/or hospital more” (37%). Nearly three-quarters of them were happy to have the option. In this series, most patients who chose to have their hardware out did so for the relief of pain.

How’s It Stack Up?