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Hip and Knee Surgeries Surge Despite a Pandemic Pause
Publish Date: June 21, 2022

The American Joint Replacement Registry showed an increase in hip and knee procedures despite a pause in elective surgeries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the cornerstone of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program, released its 2021 Annual Report in late November 2021 on hip and knee arthroplasty procedural trends.

Despite the disruption to the delivery of joint replacement care during the initial impact of the pandemic (calculated from March 2020 through May 2020), procedures rebounded to historic averages by June 2020.

Even with the temporary decline in procedures, the report reveals an overall cumulative procedural volume growth of 18.3% compared to 2019 and includes findings from 2,244,587 hip and knee arthroplasty procedures performed between 2012 and 2020. OSM