Knee replacement surgery is becoming more common.
That is the main conclusion from a new study from Finland, which assessed
the incidences of the procedure in those aged between 30 and 59 during 1980 and
They saw that there was a 130-fold increase in the number of knee
replacement ops throughout the period, rising from 0.5 operations per 100,000
people to 65 operations by 2006.
"Our study confirmed rapid growth in incidences of partial and total
knee arthroplasty in those less than 60 years of age," said Dr Jarkko
Leskinen, an orthopaedic surgeon at Helsinki University Central Hospital and
lead author of the report.
He explained that knee problems were becoming more commonplace in younger
patients, as they are experiencing an increased risk of joint failure.
Arthritis Research UK states that the benefits of knee replacement surgery
to patients can include improved mobility, quality of life and less pain.
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Knee replacement surgery news : 20 January 2012