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Rise in 'younger' knee replacements

18th January 2012

A sharp rise has been reported in knee replacement operation rates, particularly for younger patients.

Data for the UK, US and Finland show an emerging trend of requests for arthritic 'baby boomers' in their 50s while experts in the UK are concerned that obesity is a factor because it puts increased strain on the knees. The report in Arthritis & Rheumatism says research is urgently needed to check that replacements in this age group is wise given the product's unknown shelf life.

 

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Anonymous

Thursday 19th January 2012 @ 15:51

I think it's far more likely that people are more active these days than 20-30 years ago. People go to the gym, like to keep fit, play sports etc all of which puts pressure on hips and knees, the joints which more commonly need replacing!

In the UK surgeon Derek McMinn has devised a revolutionary new knee replacement called the Birmingham Knee Replacement (BKR). Designed to allow patients greater flexion and stability patients with the BKR are back to skiing, playing golf and even waterskiing!


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