Spike in joint replacement surgery

Total hip and knee replacement surgery admissions have risen by 8.9% (hip) and 7.3% (knee) compared to the previous year (2015/16).

Currently, orthopaedic interventions make up 15% of all admissions to public hospitals for elective surgery in 2015/16 with 107,680 patients admitted.

The waiting period for knee replacements currently averages 188 days and 114 days for hip replacements. This compares with an average of 37 days for all types of elective surgery.

David Sparavec, Osteopath

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