Closing the TJA gender gap

By Jennie McKee

Gender disparities in total joint arthroplasty

Two patients—one male, one female, both with osteoarthritis of the knee and with identical clinical scenarios of chronic knee pain—visit their primary care provider. The man is referred to an orthopaedist for a possible arthroplasty. The woman is given prescriptions for an analgesic and physiotherapy. Is this appropriate care—or does it demonstrate a gender disparity?

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