Hip replacements skyrocketing among younger patients

Hip replacements skyrocketing among younger patients

(WVUE) - The number of hip replacements performed in the United States has increased substantially, and it's becoming more and more common in younger people.

Researchers looked at hospital statistics on total hip replacement from 2000 to 2010.

They focused on people 45 and older, which accounted for 95 percent of the procedures.

Over the 10 years in the study, the number of procedures more than doubled and for people between 45 and 54, the number of surgeries increased more than 200 percent.

While a reason for the increase was not determined, a National Center for Health Statistics researcher theorizes that an increase in osteoarthritis could be behind the trend.

Health experts say these numbers suggest a challenge down the road as these hips will have to be replaced once they wear out.

The findings appear in the "NCHS Data Brief."

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