New Knees

Tools

Story Updated: Sep 27, 2012

Find out why.

If you ask a person who has had joint replacement surgery how it went...many will tell you they wish they'd done it earlier.

New research suggests people are embracing knee implants now, more than ever.

In fact, this new study, just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that rates of knee replacement surgery have soared since 1991.

More than 100 percent increase between 1991 and 2010 in the volume of primary knee replacements being performed. We found about a 99 percent increase in the volume of revision knee replacements.

Researchers used records of nearly 3-point-6 million patients 65 and older, who had primary or revision knee surgery during the past 20 years.

Original knee surgeries and implant revision rates increased.

The concern is the disproportionately high number of Medicare enrollees, and those with osteoarthritis due to obesity potentially straining the current health care system.

Approximately 600-thousand total knee replacements are performed annually in the U.S. at a cost of about $15,000 per surgery or $9 billion per year.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.

Add a comment

Name:

Comment: 250 Characters Left

WBNG and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

Featured Professional

SPORTS MEDICINE

UHS

The UHS Sports Medicine Program specializes in diagnosing and treating orthopedic and sports-related injuries, providing care on an outpatient basis. The program combines the expertise of certified athletic trainers and physical therapists, who work closely with sports medicine physicians on our medical staff to help patients resume their physical activities as soon as possible.

UHS Sports Medicine providers work with many local sports teams and organizations, including the Binghamton University Bearcats.

Clinical sports medicine services provided include:
- Preventive sports medicine
- Comprehensive evaluation of physical injuries
- Surgical and non-surgical treatment
- Rehabilitative techniques
- Posture evaluations
- Objective strength testing
- Counseling on supplements
- Pain management
- For concussion/mild traumatic brain injuries, visit our UHS Concussion Center webpage

Our experts in sports medicine provide comprehensive care at many local sporting events, as well as serve as healthcare providers for athletics teams from Binghamton University, Broome Community College, Davis College and several local school districts. Whether you are a weekend athlete, professional athlete, non-athlete or just have a physically demanding job, our sports medicine specialists are committed to helping you get back to the activities you love.

The UHS Sports Medicine Program specializes in diagnosing and treating orthopedic and sports-related injuries, providing care on an outpatient basis. The program combines the expertise of certified athletic trainers and physical therapists, who work closely with sports medicine physicians on our medical staff to help patients resume their physical activities as soon as possible.