Fast Facts on Joint Replacement

  • Each year there are around 719,000 total knee replacements and 332,000 total hip replacement surgeries performed. (1)
  • The number of hip replacements performed by the year 2030 is predicted to rise by 174%. (2)
  • The number of knee replacements performed annually is expected to rise by 673% by the year 2030. (2)
  • There are 2.5 million Americans living with artificial hips and 4.7 living with an artificial knee. That is more than 7 million Americans. (3)
  • On average, there are more women with artificial knees or hips than there are men. (3)
  • There is a significant increase in need for hip and knee replacements in people ages 45-64. (3)
  • The increase in joint replacement surgeries is linked to the rise and increase in obesity in Americans, which causes more stain on joints as well as (3)
  • A knee replacement patient will typically stay in the hospital for 1-3 days, depending on the patient’s health and success of surgery. It is typical to begin walking the day after surgery with the assistance of a cane or walker. The full recovery process takes anywhere from 3 months to a year. (4)
  • There is a high possibility that your joint replacement will set off metal detectors at the airport. You do not need to carry any documentation however, because TSA protocols have been put in place for the millions of Americans that have artificial joints. (4)
  • If you have your knee or hip replaced today, you have a 90-95% chance it will last up to 10 years, and an 80-85% chance it will last up to 20 years. (4)

 

Sources:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  2. American Medical Association
  3. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  4. American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons