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Canada: Repeat Hip, Knee Replacements Cost $130m Annually

Repeat surgeries happen when the joint needs to be fixed or replaced after the primary, or original, joint replacement procedure. New data released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reveals that these revisions cost almost $130 million in inpatient health spending every year, at an average of more than $13,700 per surgery. This is more than 56% higher than the cost of a primary joint replacement. In 2016, 9,400 hip and knee replacement revisions were performed in Canada, which represents 8% of all hip and knee replacement surgeries. The proportion of hip revisions being done decreased by 16% from 2012 to 2016, while the proportion of knee revisions remained the same.

Hip and Knee Replacements in Canada, 2016–2017: Canadian Joint Replacement Registry Annual Report identifies key statistics related to hip and knee replacement surgeries performed in Canada, as well as different rates of early revision for hip and knee replacements based on sex, age, the type of procedure and other surgical factors.

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