Hip replacements 'becoming more common for people under 60'

3 March 2016

A rise in the number of people under the age of 60 receiving hip replacements has increased in England over the last decade.

The latest data from the Health & Social Care Information Centre has shown a 76 per cent increase in hip replacements for those 59 and under between 2004-05 and 2014-15, as well as a 47 per cent increase when looking at people of all ages.

According to the Royal College of Surgeons, which analysed the results, this trend is a testament to the growing confidence in the quality of currently-available hip replacement techniques and prosthetics.

With surgical procedures becoming safer and less impactful, and the longevity of new prosthetics becoming robust, younger patients are looking to surgery as a means of improving their quality of life and staying active.

Stephen Cannon, vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: "People don't want to live with this pain if they can confidently undergo a hip replacement that's successful and lasts. It's no longer seen as a last resort."

Posted by Edward Bartel

 


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