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FUTURE: Total hip replacements expected to increase

This is an intuitive conclusion — there are a growing number of older folks, therefore, barring a radical medical breakthrough, there will be a growing number of older hips to be replaced surgically.  These data from the National Center for Health Statistics (always one of my favorite data sources), quantify trends from 2000 to 2010 in numbers of total hip replacement procedures.  I know, I know, it’s 2015 already, but these are the most current numbers that are provided.

Here are some interesting data from this source.  Please note that these are INPATIENT procedures only.  I don’t know whether anyone is doing outpatient total hip replacements.  That would be an interesting thing for you to comment on, dear readers.  Is your hospital doing these procedures on an outpatient basis?

Total total hip replacements = 326,100 (patients of all ages in 2010)

Older total hip replacements = 310,800, or 95 percent (patients aged 45 or older in 2010)

Rates per 1,000 Population in Each Age Category in 2010

  • 1.17 total hip replacement procedures / 1,000 (population aged 45-54)
  • 2.53 /1,000 (population aged 55-64)
  • 4.12/1,000 (population aged 65-74)
  • 4.18/1,000 (population aged 75+)

Similar statistics are given for 2000, so it is possible to look at recent historical trends.

Source:Wolford, M.L., Palso, K., and Bercovitz, A. (2015, Feb.). Hospitalization for total hip replacement among inpatients aged 45 and over: United States, 2000-2010. NCHS Data Brief, 186, 1-7.  Click here for full text free: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db186.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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