Saturday, March 15, 2014

2.5 million Americans having artificial hip, 4.7 million- artificial knee

As per a new research ‘Prevalence of Total Hip and Total Knee Arthroplasty in the United States’ presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons finds that there are than 7 million Americans are with the help of artificial knee and hip. This staggering figure might have serious implications in future leading to increase in the demand of patient care. These two studies also implicated that the growing replacements among the adults younger than the age of 65. This growing situation will become a challenge for the medical providers of the country. The principal researcher, Daniel Berry, MD, professor of orthopaedics at Mayo Clinic explains, “This study shows that around 7 million Americans have a hip or knee replacement. This large number highlights how these operations have kept a substantial part of our population mobile despite severe arthritis, something that wouldn't have been possible before these technologies were available. These relatively high prevalence estimates also highlight the significant ongoing need to care for all of the patients with total hip and knee replacement.”

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