Hip replacements aren’t just for seniors

Hip replacements aren’t just for seniors

New government statistics show that hip replacements are becoming increasingly common in younger adults.

Between 2000-2010, the number of hip replacements more than doubled—from 138,700 to 310,800. Hip replacements among those aged 45 to 54 increased by a whopping 205 percent.

Since the first modern total hip replacement surgery in the early 1960s, numerous advancements have been made both to the replacement hip and the surgical procedure itself.

“Patients no longer need to live with pain while delaying surgery until they are older, because, as the durability of the artificial hip has improved greatly, the need for a second replacement surgery down the road has become less likely,” says Dr. Kevin Luke, co-director of the Bone & Joint Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center. “Recovery from a hip replacement surgery has become significantly easier for the patient, and hospital stays are now shorter.”

The higher number of hip replacement surgeries in 45 to 54 year olds is due to arthritis, mostly degenerative arthritis caused by wear-and-tear according to Dr. Luke

“Middle-aged patients who have stayed more active are less likely to accept arthritis slowing them down. And, they don’t need to; hip replacement surgery will dramatically improve their quality of life,” he says.


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  1. John G Mayer MD March 6, 2015 at 4:56 pm · Reply

    Agree with Dr Luke.
    The other more significant change in the last few years is the general approach to rehab and the speed of recovery. More rapid mobilization protocols with PT with changes in pain control regimens have also been credited with the improved process and better early outcomes.
    John G Mayer M.D.

  2. antoinette charak March 9, 2015 at 11:30 am · Reply

    I appreciate this arrticle. No one should have to deal with pain. in her late 80’s, my mom has terrible arthritis. For years she just lived with it. She was from the “old ways” as she called it to just deal with it. For a while she took every 4 hours vicodin. It wasn’t until she fell a year ago that her hip was fixed. Because of the horrible arthrits heaing took a long time. I believe had the right MD taken her case and looked at her arthritis she would be walking today.

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Kate Eller
Kate Eller

Kate Eller was a regional director of public affairs and marketing operations for Advocate Health Care. She enjoys road trips, dogs, minimalism, yoga, hiking, and “urban hiking.”