Demand for hip and knee replacements rise in previous decade
According to a new report, the demand for hip and knee replacements has increased significantly during the previous decade.
The analysis by the Royal College of Surgeons found that the operations for hip and knee replacements was as middle-aged people are staying active for longer. The report showed that there was a 76 per cent increase in hip replacements for people under the age of 60 years between 2005 and 2015. Data showed that there were around 10,000 hip replacements each year for people, who were 59 and younger in 2005. However, the number has increased significantly to around 18,000.
Data from Nuffield Health also found a similar trend for knee replacement as it recorded an increase of 40 per cent for those 55 years old or younger during the previous 10 years. The data also showed that there was an increase of 20 per cent for women during the same period. Experts said that the trend shows the new generation is remaining active longer with sports and hobbies traditionally associated with youth and are also taking up extreme sports when they become older.
Dr AuldricRatajczak, Nuffield Health Deputy Medical Director comments, "We are seeing a societal shift in the Baby Boomer generation where people are maintaining very active lifestyles in late-middle age.Pain in major joints such as a hip or knee can have a dramatic impact on our lifestyle and increasingly people want to keep active. Today's new generation hip and knee prosthetics are an attractive alternative to chronic joint pain."