The Information Services Division has issued the new statistics on arthroplasty (joint replacement) surgeries performed in Scotland between 2001 and 2018. The report is based on the data derived from the Scottish Arthroplasty Project, which maintains one of the oldest arthroplasty registries in the world.
Key findings from the report include the following:
- The number of primary hip or knee replacements performed in Scotland in 2018 was nearly twice than that in 2001 (15,091 vs 7562).
- There has been a substantial reduction in the occurrence of acute kidney failure, a crucial complication after primary hip or knee replacement, from 2.3 per cent in 2016 to 1.5 per cent in 2018.
- The time spent in the hospital after a hip, knee or shoulder replacement procedure is decreasing. The mean length of hospital stay was four days for primary hip or knee replacement and 2.5 days for primary shoulder replacement in 2018.
- About one in 50 cases of primary hip and knee replacements need revision surgery within five years.