Knee Surgeries Surge in Seniors; So Do Problems

Knee replacement rates among Medicare patients have increased sharply over the past two decades -- as have rates of hospital readmissions and revision complications associated with the procedures -- a study showed. The number of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) procedures went up 162 percent -- 243,802 -- from 1991 to 2010 and the per capita rate rose 99 percent -- to 62.1 per 10,000 enrollees, according to an analysis of fee-for-service Medicare records by Dr. Peter Cram of the University of Iowa...Full Story
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