In The News: February 2024


Number of Joint Replacement Surgeries Continues to Rise

The American Joint Replacement Registry of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has been tracking trends in joint replacement for 10 years and publishing the results in annual reports. The latest report on hip and knee replacement (November 2023) found a 23% growth in the procedures over the previous year. Over the past 10 years, 3.1 million primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgeries have been reported to the registry. The average age of total hip replacement patients was 65; for total knee replacement, 67. About 93% of patients are discharged to home rather than to a skilled nursing facility, which is an increase over the past few years. Over the past six years, the use of robotics for knee replacement has increased sixfold. Robotics are now used in over 13% of procedures.

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