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Manitoba behind on knee procedures

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MANITOBA continues to lag behind most provinces in performing timely knee and hip replacements, but is among the quickest in repairing hip fractures.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information released the latest national comparisons on Tuesday.

Manitoba surgeons performed only 56 per cent of hip replacements and 46 per cent of knee replacements within the benchmark six-month period last year. That compares with the national average of 80 per cent and 75 per cent respectively.

For hip-fracture repair, Manitoba fared better, with 86 per cent of procedures done within the benchmark 48 hours.

Across Canada, 81 per cent of hip fracture repairs were done within the benchmark.

CIHI said waits for joint replacement surgery vary greatly among provinces. More than half of them -- including Manitoba -- saw a reduction in the percentage of procedures meeting the benchmark time frames over a three year period.

The number of hip and knee replacements performed in Canada increased by 15 per cent between 2010 and 2012, costing the health care system more than $100 million.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 20, 2013 B2

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