At University Orthopaedic Associates, we perform both partial and total knee replacements. Over the years, we have noticed a sharp increase in the number of patients having these procedures. The advances in technology have been remarkable, and this is surely a factor in making this an increasingly popular procedure. This is also verified by a recent article, which discusses the rise in knee replacements.
According to a November 1, 2012 post on Orthopedics This Week, if their knee pain is not helped by physical therapy or drugs, more and more seniors are deciding to have artificial joints implanted. A study by the American Medical Association, reported by Quinn Korzeniecki in Medicare News –Medicare Costs revealed that more than 3.6 million Medicare beneficiaries over the age of 65 received artificial knees between 1991 and 2010.
In 2010, over 243,802 Medicare recipients had first time knee replacement surgery or else underwent surgery to fix previous replacements. The rate of first time surgeries doubled and the rate of re-dos increased by nearly 60% over this 20-year period.
Most patients for knee replacement surgery have been in their mid-70s. One reason for the increased rate of knee surgery is the fact that more people are aging in somewhat better health than in past years and want to maintain their mobility. A second driver is the increasing rate of obesity that can lead to arthritis.
University Orthopaedic Associates provide expert analysis for knee replacements. We invite you to make an appointment for a personal evaluation: make an appointment!
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