HEALTHCARE | Staff Reporter, Australia

Orthopedic procedures in Australia tipped to improve in 2021

The declining COVID-19 cases are expected to free up more beds.

The number of orthopedic procedures performed in Australia are expected to decline in 2020 compared to 2019 due to the pandemic, but 2021 could see better figures as the number of COVID-19 cases are declining, according to GlobalData.

The total number of orthopedic procedures performed in the country was about 11 million in 2019, with 55% being elective, which include arthroscopy, synovectomy, osteotomy, ostectomy, biopsy, fasciotomy, and sequestrectomy.

The declining virus cases are expected to free up beds and lighten the pressure on the healthcare system, which means that the elective procedures which were delayed or canceled are expected to resume although slowly, said GlobalData's medical devices analyst Anusha Kaushik.

“However, urgent elective procedures are expected to resume first. This is ultimately expected to lead to a rebound in the number of elective procedures performed,” Kaushik said.

The report noted that the length of stay at hospitals can be reduced, and telemedicine can be used for post-operative visits. Increasing use of new sensor-based wearable technologies can also help in monitoring and managing patients.

“The use of technology is expected to result in more elective procedures being performed as doctors get to spend less time on patient consultations,” Kaushik added.

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