Total Joint Replacement Procedures Continue to Increase
February 15, 2019
Hip, knee and other joint replacement procedures are among the most common elective surgeries in the United States.
According to a study presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ annual meeting, the average age of patients undergoing hip replacement surgery has declined from over 66 to just under 65, while the average age for knee replacement surgeries has declined from 68 to just under 66. Additionally, more men are undergoing these operations than in the past.
The younger age of patients is likely due to lifestyle changes and increased access to care. And while women continue to make up the majority of patients, men are increasingly opting for total joint replacement surgery.
The most common total joint replacement procedures in the U.S. are total knee replacements (approximately 700,000 a year) and total hip replacements (approximately 400,000 a year). Advances over time have been remarkable. Today, there are total joint replacements being performed on an outpatient basis, with patients returning home on the same day of surgery.
A combination of factors is influencing the changing age of patients. For more information about total joint replacement and what to consider before opting for your procedure, visit the TJR section of our website, or contact Campbell Clinic to speak with a physician.