Medical device manufacturer Stryker and its subsidiary OtisMed Corporation will pay more than $80 million to resolve criminal and civil liability claims related to knee replacements, the Food and Drug Administration announced Monday.
The number of first-time knee replacement surgeries among Medicare enrollees jumped 162% in the last 20 years, at a cost of roughly $9 billion annually to payers, a new study finds.
In anticipation of payment reforms centering on coordinated care, health systems and a major Tennessee insurer are establishing a bundled payment system for joint replacements.
New clinical treatment guidelines for preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacements emphasize preventive measures and caution against post-operative ultrasound tests.
Close to 40% of elderly Americans are obese or have osteoarthritis of the knee, or both, which, on average, eliminates 3.5 years of a positive quality of life for seniors, according to new research.
Patients with severe osteoarthritis of the knee, which is common in seniors, experienced better leg functioning before knee replacement surgery and faster recovery times when they completed a preoperative exercise program.