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Registry data show increase in joint replacement surgery

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 19 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4324
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

The number of joint replacement procedures is rising, with a low rate of revisions to replace first time joint implants but a higher risk in younger patients, show the latest figures from the orthopaedic joint replacement register for England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man.1

“The consistently high number of joint replacement cases submitted per year suggests continuing high levels of patient confidence and clinical performance, in what is a remarkably successful surgical intervention,” said Martyn Porter, medical director of the National Joint Registry and …

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