The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that the number of American's getting knee replacements has more than doubled in the past two decades. In addition more efficient procedures and better replacement materials, knee replacement coverage under medicare has also accounted for the increase in knee replacements. Compared to the decades past, knee implants are now more durable and able to last longer. Physical therapy and various pharmaceuticals have also helped the process of knee related medical surgeries.
“The investigators found initial knee replacements rose 76 percent and revisions increased 99 percent. While success rates were consistent over the period, the number of hospital readmissions within 30 days inched up from 4.2 percent to 5 percent in initial knee replacement patients and from about 6 percent to almost 9 percent among revision patients. That rise in readmissions is largely related to shorter initial hospital stays today, Cram said. After an initial knee replacement, patients now leave the hospital in 3.5 days versus 7.9 days in the mid-1990s, the study found.” (1)
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