Individuals and society save on knee replacement surgery, study shows

August 23, 2013 by Ingrid Mezo

Knee replacement surgery pays for itself nearly twice over as patients regain mobility and return to work, researchers say.

Individuals and society save on knee replacement surgery, study shows

The societal and economic savings of knee replacement surgery outweigh its costs nearly 2-fold, according to an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons study.

The, study published this week in the peer-reviewed Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, addresses recent scrutiny of the cost and durability of knee replacement surgery, praising the procedure as a money-saver for patients and for healthcare systems.

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The average patient undergoing knee replacement surgery maintained employment and increased earnings over a longer time in the workforce, translating into indirect savings of nearly $40,000 per individual, according to the study. Fewer missed work days and lower disability payments for patients who had knee replacement therapy also resulted in an average lifetime societal benefit of $10,000-$30,000 per patient.

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