AHRQ Study: Joint Replacement To Become the Most Common Elective Surgical Procedure in the Next Decades
By 2030, about 11 million Americans will have either a hip or knee replacement, making it one of the nation’s most common elective surgical procedures, according to an AHRQ-funded study. Using data from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Database, researchers analyzed general population trends by year, state, gender and age group from 1990 to 2010. In 2010, researchers estimate that approximately 7 million Americans had had a total hip or knee replacement, including 620,000 individuals who had both procedures, according to the study. Researchers attributed the increase in joint replacement surgeries to several factors: the aging of the baby boomer population, high rates of diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and demands for improved mobility and high quality of life. Also contributing to the trend are younger individuals undergoing these procedures, coupled with improvements in life expectancy. In some cases, researchers said, younger patients will outlive their implants and require expensive revision surgeries with substantial cost implications. The majority of the individuals (70 percent) who have undergone total hip and/or knee replacement surgery are alive today. The study and abstractwere published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Sep 2;97(17):1386-97. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.N.01141.
Prevalence of Total Hip and Knee Replacement in the United States.
Maradit Kremers H1, Larson DR1, Crowson CS1, Kremers WK1, Washington RE2, Steiner CA2, Jiranek WA3, Berry DJ1.
Copyright © 2015 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated.
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