Hip and Knee Replacement
Friday, June 12, 2009

The number of hip and knee replacements is on the rise and with an aging and obese population, that number could continue to go up. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that looked at joint replacements in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

The number of hip and knee replacements performed in the U.S. could skyrocket in the next seven years, placing an enormous burden on the nationís health care system.

An increase in obesity and arthritis combined with a larger elderly population has prompted a steep rise in these surgeries. Since arthritis is more common in older adults, experts predict more and more cases of arthritis in the coming years.

Joint replacement surgery is a popular treatment option for those with severe, debilitating arthritis that causes significant pain or greatly limits their ability to move.

Using data from joint replacement cases in the U.S. from 1997 and 2004, researchers analyzed the increase in the number of surgeries and their cost.

Hip replacements increased 37 percent and knee replacements increased 53 percent. Hip and knee replacement increased significantly among those aged 45 to 64.

Researchers predict that if current trends persist, 600,000 hip replacements and 1.4 million knee replacements could be performed in the year 2015.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.