About 300,000 hip replacements are performed in the United States every year. Although most of the patients are older people, young adults who are in their 20s and 30s are also getting their femur and its socket replaced. Why do the younger ones have total hip replacements?
Higher safety levels, lower risks
Surgeries have risks, and one of these is the length of the hospital stay. A longer hospital stay often translates to longer recovery periods. It also exposes the patient to different types of infection, which can result in complications.
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics revealed that hospital stays have shrunk. In 2010, much older patients had to stay in the hospital for an average of four days. Now, it’s about a day less.
One of the main reasons is that surgeries have become more efficient and safer. An orthopedic clinic in Torrance now uses robots that are not only fast but are also easier to control. Doctors can also accurately determine the site to open, so the patient doesn’t end up with a huge wound.
More active people
Most of the patients who need hip replacements have osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative disease characterized by the deterioration of the cartilage in between the joints. While this condition has been known to be age-related, it also has other risk factors.
These include the patient’s level of physical. From 2003 to 2015, Americans’ participation in sports and exercise increased by 3.6%. People between 15 and 24 years old had the highest increase among the age groups. About 25.9% of them were active in physical activity, almost .5% higher than in 2011.
The repetitive use of the joints and the risk of injury also boost the chances of developing osteoarthritis early.
As more people age and young adults become more active, the rate of hip replacement surgeries will grow. If there’s any positive note, it’s that it’s safer and less risky today. Most of all, the young ones don’t have to suffer from pain anymore.