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Orthopaedic Surgeon Shortage Predicted Due to Soaring Joint Replacement Procedures
Date:2/25/2009

Two studies find patient demand will soon surpass the number of orthopaedic surgeons available

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the near future, there may not be enough orthopaedic surgeons to provide joint replacements to all who need them. According to two new studies presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (http://www.aaos.org/), the number of patients requiring hip or knee replacement surgery is likely to soon outpace the number of surgeons who can perform the procedure.

According to a study co-authored by Thomas K. Fehring, M.D., if the number of orthopaedic surgeons able to perform total joint replacements continues at its current rate:

"I was somewhat shocked at the shortfall that we predicted," says Dr. Fehring, an orthopaedic surgeon at OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center in Charlotte. "This is life-changing surgery, offering patients the chance to be mobile, and a very high percentage of patients may not be able to receive it."

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