Too many replacements. I think we have to rethlink the need for this procedures. I think we have to go the way spine surgeries went. Conservative management.
Joint-Replacement Numbers May Surprise You — Physician’s First Watch
Joint-Replacement Numbers May Surprise You
By Joe Elia
More than 2% of everyone in the U.S. has had a hip or knee replacement, the Associated Press reports from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' annual meeting.
Among those older than 50, about 5% have had a knee replaced.
Over a million knee and hip joints are replaced in the U.S. annually, and up to 12% of these "may face future revision," according to an announcement at the conference from the American Joint Replacement Registry.