Cost and Volume of Planned Knee and Hip Replacements Increased From 2010 to 2017

It’s no secret that the number of knee and hip replacement procedures has skyrocketed in the last decade and is projected to continue to increase throughout the next 10 years. As joint replacement surgery continues to be a solution for higher numbers of Americans suffering from osteoarthritis, it is important that new practices and better technology emerge as well.

A review of medical claims data from 2010 to 2017 published by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association showed an increase in cost and volume of planned knee and hip replacement procedures, with knee and hip replacements rising 17% and 33%, respectively…

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