Unnecessary Orthopedic Surgeries Per Year in the U.S.

58% of orthopedic surgeries have been shown to be ineffective in clinical trials.

http://realsurgery-meniscustear.com/meniscus-surgery/, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4703913/ (60% of surgeries are outpatient, which is what is being discussed here.), http://www.beckersasc.com/orthopedic-spine-driven-ascs/number-of-orthopedic-surgeries-to-reach-66m-by-2020.html (5.5 M total ortho surgeries annually), http://www.boneandjointburden.org/2014-report/iie1/spinal-fusion, https://www.hiqa.ie/system/files/Draft-Shoulder-Arthroscopy.pdf, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24974958 (34.3% of TKA surgeries unnecessary), http://www.uptodate.com/contents/total-knee-replacement-arthroplasty-beyond-the-basics (700,000 knee replacements per year in US), http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb188-Surgeries-Hospital-Outpatient-Facilities-2012.pdf, http://www.physiciansweekly.com/the-changing-tide-of-knee-arthroscopy-in-the-u-s/, http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/31/10/2242.full.pdf+html http://www.anationinmotion.org/value/knee/