Trends in total elbow arthroplasty in the Medicare population: a nationwide study of records from 2005 to 2012.

@article{Triplet2016TrendsIT,
  title={Trends in total elbow arthroplasty in the Medicare population: a nationwide study of records from 2005 to 2012.},
  author={Jacob J Triplet and Jennifer Kurowicki and Enesi O Momoh and Tsun yee Law and Timothy Niedzielak and Jonathan Cummings Levy},
  journal={Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery},
  year={2016},
  volume={25 11},
  pages={1848-1853}
}
BACKGROUND Utilization of total elbow arthroplasty (TEA) has reportedly increased in recent years. Since the introduction of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, there has been a reported decline in its use among rheumatoid patients; yet, the shift in indications for TEA remains unclear. This study evaluated trends in TEA utilization from 2005 to 2012 by analyzing the most common indications within the population of Medicare patients. METHODS We performed a retrospective review of a… CONTINUE READING