One-third of knee replacements in the U.S. may be inappropriate

07.03.2014 - Value Based Purchasing

“Judging by the symptoms of people with knee arthritis, one-third of knee replacement surgeries may be inappropriate, according to a new study.” The lead author of that study, Daniel L. Riddle from Virginia Commonwealth University, said ‘ “We found that some patients undergo total knee replacement when they have very low grade symptoms or minor knee arthritis…” ‘

The number of total knee replacement surgeries done each year more than doubled between 1991 and 2010, leading some to question whether the procedure is overused.

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Unnecessary Knee Replacements