Study: U.S. Demand for Total Joint Replacement Remains Steady

The conclusion was that the overall growth trend for hip and knee arthroplasty incidences, relative to the total U.S. population, was insensitive to the recent economic situations. In fact, from 2009 to 2010, the total number of procedures increased by 6 percent for primary total hip arthroplasty, 6.1 percent for primary total knee arthroplasty, 10.8 percent for revision total hip arthroplasty and 13.5 percent for revision total knee arthroplasty.

The study found that long-term trends for the demand in total joint arthroplasty appear to be recession-proof, according to Steven M. Kurtz, Ph.D., lead author.

“Impact of the Economic Downturn on Total Joint Replacement Demand in the United States: Updated Projections to 2021,” The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, April 2014.