This article summarizes the current literature regarding patient satisfaction after total knee arthroplasty. In 10% to 15% of cases, the operation has not met the patients' expectations. The causes of this dissatisfaction are multifactorial, and include patient-related factors, details related to the surgical procedure and prosthesis chosen, perioperative factors, and factors associated with nursing and general medical care. However, surgeons must bear the brunt of patients' dissatisfaction. This dissatisfaction erodes the doctor-patient relationship, and may have implications in an emerging health care economy in which doctors and hospitals are reimbursed based on both clinical outcome and patient satisfaction.
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