As middle-aged and older adults attempt to remain pain-free and active for as long as possible, data suggests that approximately 500,000 total knee replacements are performed annually in the US—at a cost of about $15,000 per surgery or $9 billion per year.
“We’ve identified a number of interesting trends that we hope will add to the national conversation on health and economic policies,” says University of Rochester Medical Center orthopedist Stephen L. Kates. “Knee replacement surgery has become one of the most expensive diagnoses in medicine today because it is growing disproportionately to the population.”
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