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What's Behind the Explosive Growth in Orthopedic Surgeries?

  • Aging population3
  • Growing rates of obestity4
  • Poor medical decisions

17% of all health care spending is on musculoskeletal conditions

33% of musculoskeletal costs are for orthopedic surgeries5,6

93% increase in knee replacements nationally from 2001 to 2011

70% increase in spinal fusion surgeries nationally from 2001 to 2011

38% increase in musculoskeletal surgeries7

The number of knee and hip replacements among 45- to 64-year-olds is expected to double by 2020.2


Helping manage the high cost of orthopedic surgery

The Optum Spine and Joint Solution (SJS) program provides access to surgeons and expert facilities that qualify to become part of our Centers of Excellence and accept bundled case rates for in-scope procedures to create alignment among members, employers and providers.


*The Centers of Excellence (COE) program providers and medical centers are independent contractors who render care and treatment to health plan members. The COE program does not provide direct health care services or practice medicine, and the COE providers and medical centers are solely responsible for medical judgments and related treatments. The COE program is not liable for any act or omission, including negligence, committed by any independent contracted health care professional or medical center.