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Number of U.S. Hip Replacements Skyrocketing

February 19, 2015

From HealthDay News, the amount of hip replacement procedures in the US has increased substantially. One area causing this growth is the rising trend of performing hip replacement surgery with younger patients. 

Dr. Mark Pagnano, chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota describes hip replacement surgery: "it remains one of the most dramatic and cost-effective ways to improve the quality of life for patients."

Dr. Pagnano continues, "Recovery is dramatically easier for patients, the durability of hip replacements has improved, and the baby boomer generation is less willing to accept the limitations that accompany arthritis."

For this study, researchers reviewed hospital statistics on total hip replacement surgery, replacement of the head of the femur and its socket from 2000 to 2010. The researchers focused primarily on those 45 and older (95 percent of reviewed surgeries). 

From 2000-2010, all  hip replacement procedures more than doubled. 

138,700 surgeries in 2000 to 310,800 in 2010, a 125% increase ! 

For those 75 and older the number of surgeries increased by 92 %  !

And, for those aged 45 to 54 it increased by 205 % !

Randy Dotinga's HealthDay article continues to highlight the causes of this increase and this increase's affect in the future.  

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