Could the risks of joint replacement surgery be predicted better?
Coxa Hospital for Joint Replacement is the largest hospital in the Nordic countries and the only hospital to specialise in joint replacement surgery in Finland. Coxa is a centre of excellence where the most demanding surgical operations have been focused.
The number of joint replacement surgeries increases as the population ages. A successful operation improves the patient’s quality of life and functional ability, in addition to reducing costs for society. Surgery is always a major operation that involves risks. If a surgical operation fails, revision surgeries are both difficult and expensive. Doctors have to make decisions swiftly on their own.
For more than ten years, Coxa has accumulated a large volume of data from surgeries: the data includes over 45,000 operations and 36 million individual variables.
The Solita project was based on the vision that this mass of data could contain factors that indicated risks for joint replacement surgeries down to an individual patient’s level, which would improve the success rate of operations if discovered.