Archive for April, 2011

Knee and Hip Ops Almost Doubling in 10 Years

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Between 1996–1997 and 2006–2007, inpatient procedure rates among persons 45–64 years of age doubled for total knee replacements (from 12 to 26 per 10,000 population) and almost doubled from 7 to 12 per 10,000 population, for total hip replacements.

During this period, inpatient procedure rates for excision of intervertebral disc and spinal fusion, which are typically not performed on an outpatient basis, were unchanged among this age group.

Among persons 65 years of age and over, excision of intervertebral disc and spinal fusion procedure rates increased 67%, from 17 to 28 per 10,000 population, and total knee replacement procedures increased 60%, from 51 to 82 per 10,000 population, during this period. Stay tuned.

Are there that many more patients who require hip and knee replacements as well as spinal operations, or have the indications for performing these procedures changed that much in 10 years? What is the new complication rate? Stay tuned.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2010. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus10.pdf