Orthopedic surgeons perform 300,000 hip replacements annually in the United States

Orthopedic surgeons perform 300,000 hip replacements annually in the United States. This represents a 50% increase between 1990 and 2002. Patient satisfaction remains high, with 95% of patients reporting improvements in quality of life and pain reduction.

Despite these positive outcomes, only a quarter of patients clinically indicated for a total hip actually follow through with the operation. Many patients choose not to undergo total hip replacement surgery for fear of revision surgery resulting from component wear. Other barriers include prolonged rehabilitation, concerns of possible hip dislocation and the possibility of a postoperative leg length discrepancy.

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