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More new knees for baby boomers

Source: Dailyrx Relevant Health News

When traditional treatments do not work, many osteoarthritis patients turn to joint replacement surgery. Even though this surgery is common, there is little information on how many younger patients go through with it.

The rates of partial and total knee replacement surgery for those under 60 years of age have increased over the past few decades, according to a recent Finnish study. Throughout the study, women had higher rates of knee replacement than men.

According to Dr. Leskinen, “Given that younger patients may be at higher risk of artificial knee joint failure and thus in need of a second replacement surgery, long-term data are needed before widespread use of total knee arthroplasty is recommended for this patient population.”

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