Artificial Knee Joint
Replacement and Hip Replacement Surgery will possibly have Dramatic
Increase in Demand in next 20 Years
According to a
recent study, there will be an estimated 3.48 million knee replacements
will be needed by 2030. This is approximately a 673 percent increase
compared to todayís procedures. Artificial hip replacements are
estimated to increase 174 percent up to 572,000 per year in 2030.
A recent report presented at the
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeonís annual meeting in Chicago by
Steven M. Kurtz who is with a Philadelphia-based engineering and
scientific consulting firm said that there is a dramatic increase in the
demand for artificial joints for a number of reasons.
The cause for the dramatic increase
for joint replacement surgeries may be because more people are having
wear and tear on joints caused by osteoarthritis. There are also more
people living longer as well as more people overweight. Because the
technology and procedure of artificial joints help to relieve pain and
help people regain their movement more people are willing to undergo the
Artificial joints are made of metal
and plastic and have become very durable. Artificial joints offer pain
relief and a better quality of life for patients that go through with
the procedure when they have damaged joints.
Joints become worn out when the
cartilage cushion between the bones starts to erode. Over time the
bones rub together causing pain. Joint damage can be caused by sports,
injury, and being overweight. Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune system
disorder that attacks a personís joints without outward physical causes
and can also damage joints.
The research study is concerned that
there will be a problem with health insurance financial meeting the
demand for joint replacement surgery. The cost of health insurance
already has been on the increase. The downfall is that insurance
companies may have to stop allowing for all medical procedures in order
to stay in business. It is a possibility that the joint replacement
surgery might be an out of pocket expense in the future.
Kurtz said that the orthopedic
surgeons are the ones who use the hospital operating rooms the most. He
also said that the University of Illinois Medical Center that has a good
amount of public aid patients lose money every time an artificial joint
implant is performed.
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