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Rapid Recovery TM provides affordable and efficient access to treatment

Globally healthcare costs are rising, increasing life expectancies of patients are leading to a greater demand for joint replacements and healthcare professionals are expected to achieve more with less. Fast-track protocol implementation is a cost-effective strategy for patients undergoing Joint replacement, with high QALY and reduced costs6.

Hospitals aim to provide affordable and efficient access to treatment while maintaining quality of orthopaedic care and improving clinical outcomes. It is necessary to find new ways to optimise the efficiency and productivity of the health care system without neglecting the quality of clinical results.

Hospitals in Europe that follow an intensive recovery programme for their patients, like the Rapid Recovery Programme, achieve statistically significant savings of around 20% in costs per procedure, compared to a standard clinical pathway1,2. Furthermore, patients who follow the pathway and accelerated processes experience a notable increase in their satisfaction and quality of life after discharge1,2.

Zimmer Biomet offers hospitals a proposal for savings, both on economics and on the use of resources, while at the same time, the team of caregivers/ multidisciplinairy team see improved results 3,4 and , last but not least, the patient experiences the benefits of early rehabilitation5. We offer evidence based programmes that add value to the organisation by using medical and business process redesign to get better and more predictable outcomes.1

The 2021 Rapid Recovery White paper is out!


Rapid Recovery aims to optimize all aspects of patient care. Over the past 20 years, the program has delivered impactful and sustainable change across Europe, through multidisciplinary collaboration and clearly defined standards.

The 2021 Rapid Recovery White Paper is designed to support Rapid Recovery implementations. It covers the most important features of fast-track total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) processes and clinical approaches. It aims to provide an overview on where to focus, which clinical enhancements to implement, and what the barriers to improvement are. The evidence-based clinical summary content has been written, reviewed and validated as a consensus statement by the Zimmer Biomet Rapid Recovery Advisory Board members. The other parts of the document have been written by the Zimmer Biomet Connect team.

Are you interested in our white paper? Please contact us to find out what the options are.

Case Studies

If you would like to know how hospitals across Europe are benefiting from the Rapid Recovery Programme, please have a look at a selection of our case studies.  

  1. Büttner M, Maye AM, Büchler B, Betz U, Drees P, Susanne S. Economic analyses of fast‑track total hip and knee arthroplasty: a systematic review. European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology (2020) 30:67–74
  2. Larsen K, Hansen TB, Thomsen B, Christiansen T, Soballe K. Cost-effectiveness of accelerated perioperative care and rehabilitation after total hip and knee arthroplasty. The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery 2009;91:761-72.
  3. Khan SK, Malviya A, Muller SD, Carluke I, Partington PF et al. Reduced short-term complications and mortality following Enhanced Recovery primary hip and knee arthroplasty: results from 6,000 consecutive procedures. Acta Orthopaedica 2014;85(1):26–31.
  4. Houlihan-Burne D.G., Akhtar K.S. N. Optimization of the Patient Undergoing Total Knee Arthroplasty – The Rapid Recovery Programme. The UK, Hillingdon hospital & Mount Vernon hospital. Journal of clinical rheumatology & musculoskeletal medicine 2010;1:2.
  5. Specht K, Kjaersgaard-Andersen P, Kehlet H, WedderKopp N, Pedersen BD. High patient satisfaction in 445 patients who underwent fast-track hip or knee replacement. Acta Orthop.2015 Jun;24:1-6[Epub ahead of print].
  6. Jansen JA, Kruidenier J, Spek B, Snoeker BAM. A cost-effectiveness analysis after implementation of a fast-track protocol for total knee arthroplasty. Knee. 2020 Jan 22. [Epub ahead of print]
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Results are not necessarily typical, indicative, or representative of all recipient patients. Results will vary due to health, weight, activity and other variables. Only a medical professional can determine the treatment appropriate for your specific condition. Appropriate post-operative activities and restrictions will differ from patient to patient. Talk to your surgeon about whether joint replacement is right for you and the risks of the procedure, including the risk of implant wear, infection, loosening, breakage or failure.