Patient Information Resources

1089 Spadina Road
Toronto, AL M5N 2M7
Ph: 416-483-2654
Fax: 416-483-2654

Child Orthopedics
Spine - Cervical
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

View Web RX

« Back

It seems like more and more folks my age are having joint replacements. My childhood friend of 70 years just had her third (two knees, one shoulder). Is this some kind of record, or what?

The real record is in how many more people are having joint replacements each year compared to the previous year. In the past 10 years the number of total hip replacements has doubled. The number of total knee replacements has tripled.

People who study statistics and report trends agree this is a fast growing upward trend. The increase in obesity and osteoarthritis seem to be behind the big push. New implants and improved technology have also been a factor in the increased numbers.

Researchers expect to see this growth continue at least for a while. Not only that but as more and more people have their first joint replacement, the number of revisions will go up, too. Either problems will develop and the implant will have to be repaired or replaced--or younger adults getting implants will wear them out and need new ones.


« Back

*Disclaimer:*The information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read in this topic.

All content provided by eORTHOPOD® is a registered trademark of Mosaic Medical Group, L.L.C.. Content is the sole property of Mosaic Medical Group, LLC and used herein by permission.