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Josephine

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Joint replacement for hips and knees is increasing in leaps and bounds! Just 20-30 years ago all joint replacement patients were over 70 but now it's common to get people as young as 25 having joint replacement! Younger for hips. It's not only the baby boomer phenomenon but also because procedures previous done to relieve pain in arthritic joints were found to simply not work and often even hastened the deterioration of the joint. It's got to the point now where orthopaedic surgeons are actually specialising in "arthritis in the young adult", would you believe!

The National Joint Registry 2012 Annual Report (UK) was recently published showing the following statistics

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For the US, the only numbers I could find for primary knees was 600,000 in 2008 and 676,000 in 2009.

One study also published the following interesting statistics:

With an ageing baby-boomer generation, it should come as no surprise that the number of hip and knee replacement procedures have sky-rocketed. The Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) shows that primary hip replacements increased by 48%, from 153,080 procedures in 1997 to 225,900 in 2004.


First-time knee replacements grew by 63% from 264,331 in 1997 to 431,485 in 2004.

According to HCUPNet, 228,332 patients received total hip replacements in 2006, and 496,077 patients received total knee replacements.

If these trends continue, an estimated 600,000 hip replacements and 1.4 million knee replacements will be carried out in 2015.

It is estimated that by 2030, the number of knee replacements will rise to more than 3.4 million.

First-time replacement procedures have been increasing equally for males and females; however, the number of procedures has increased at particularly high rates among people age 45-64 years.
 

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