The number of total knee replacement surgeries has soared 161.5% among Medicare participants in the past 20 years, a 5 billion dollar annual tab that will continue to grow as the USA-s 77 million Baby Boomers age, a large study from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City reported September 26, 2012. A knee replacement currently costs Medicare about $15,000, a number that will also certainly rise.
The newest laparoscopic method available is called single port or single incision laparoscopy. It is described in detail in the April 2011 issue of OBG Management. Meanwhile, robotic surgery is available in most major hospitals. The surgeon can be present or in another location (or country) while he or she conducts the surgery.