Tallying up Total Knee ReplacementsIn the United States all residents 65 years old or older are eligible or are on Medicare. This is the first report using Medicare claims to study the results of total knee replacements (TKRs).
By using Medicare claims, researchers could count how many adults over 65 have a TKR each year. They also looked at number and type of problems after the surgery. Here are the results:
Medicare claims data report the facts but don't explain the reasons. More study is needed to understand the trends found in this study.
Nizar N. Mahomed, MD, ScD, et al. Epidemiology of Total Knee Replacement in the United States Medicare Population. In The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. June 2005. Vol. 87-A. No. 6. Pp. 1222-1228.
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