Fitness Conscious Boomers Need Joint Replacements at Younger Age
A growing number of younger people need new joints due to their extremely active lifestyles and the impact of exercise.
Age, obesity and arthritis remain the primary reasons for knee and hip replacements, but we are seeing in our practice a need for the procedures in much younger patients.
A study presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting noted that one in three hip and knee replacements are performed in patients younger than 60.
Since 1993 there has been a large growth (20%) in first time knee replacements.
There is concern that younger people who live longer will need revision surgery.
On a personal note, the hip and knee replacements that I perform are the AML total hip replacement and the LCS total knee replacement.
These total joint replacements have a life expectancy in 95% of patients of 20 years and counting.