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Hip and knee operations on the rise for active middle aged

Although traditionally new hips and knees have been mainly procedures for the over 60s, a recent analysis by the Royal College of Surgeons, based on Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data for England, shows that the trend is changing as younger people are not prepared to give up their active lifestyles and are electing to have a joint replacement.

Mr Andrew Armitage, one of Horder Healthcare’s Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons and Chair of their Medical Advisory Committee, said: “People’s expectations have changed and they no longer want to be putting up with pain that stops them exercising and being active in middle age. With the advancement of techniques for this kind of surgery, although joint replacement surgery is still a major procedure, patients feel more confident that a replacement will last for many years and give them a better quality of life.”

Statistics from The Horder Centre, the group's flagship orthopaedic hospital that carries out the highest number of hip and knee operations in a single hospital in the UK, reinforces the findings from the Royal College of Surgeons and demonstrates similar trends.

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