Hip and Knee Replacement Procedures are Under Utilized
Most patients whose physicians recommend a hip or knee replacement do not follow-up with the surgical procedures.
Fear of pain and decreased mobility, misconceptions about the rehabilitation process and unawareness of potential benefits are cited as reasons, despite the procedure’s proven success.
The report cites implant survival rates, patient satisfaction of 85 to 90%, and the procedure’s effectiveness at relieving pain and restoring function.
The study was done at Duke University.
The study will continue to explore the effects of hip and knee replacements on patients in terms of the economic savings in terms of productive activities.