More Americans than ever before are opting for knee replacement and hip implant surgeries due to chronic paint in their joints and arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 50 million Americans suffer from joint pain.
The number of people who are opting to get artificial knee and hip joints has risen dramatically in the past 10 years. 264,311 people received knee replacement surgeries in 1997 and 621,020 in 2009.
Increasingly, people between the ages of 45 and 64 are seeking artificial hip knees and hip replacement surgeries. There were 288,471 total hip replacement surgeries performed in 2009 and almost half of those patients were under the age of 65.
- Obesity — as Americans put on more pounds, the pressure on their joints increases and they start having problems with their knees and hips.
- Attitude — the 45-64 year old age group seek doctors to fix them up. People take medication to lower their blood pressure or improve their cholesterol levels and replacement body parts seems like the next step.
- Active life style — many in the 45-64 age group do lead active life styles and they wear out their joints prematurely.
The good news is that hip and knee replacement surgeries are usually very successful and allow people to resume their lifestyle are close to a normal lifestyle. However, the problem with getting a joint replacement in your 40s is it is really unknown how long the devices will last. It is also unknown if the devices can really support an active life style such as playing tennis daily, skiing and running.
Younger patients should also be wary about the design of their artificial joint after DePuy Inc. issued a recall of the ASR XL Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing Systems due to complications such as severe pain, fractures, loosening and the potential for metallosis, or metal poisoning. In fact there is concern about any joint replacement with metal-on-metal components. [Read more about the DePuy recall here.]
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a medical malpractice and product liability law firm and we represent people with defective DePuy hip implants.
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