Younger patients demanding new joints

By Jennie McKee

According to a paper presented at the American Association for Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) 2008 annual meeting, orthopaedists should expect substantial increases in the demand for total joint replacement (TJR) surgery among younger patients in the near future.

Lead investigator Steven M. Kurtz, PhD, reported that by 2030, most of the anticipated demand for primary total hip arthroplasty (THA) procedures as well as primary and revision total knee arthroplasty (TKA) procedures will come from patients younger than 65 years.

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