Knee replacement surgeries more than double in 10 years

02/13/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The rate of knee replacement procedures has doubled in the past decade, and more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. have had the surgery, according to a study presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Researchers reported that 4.7% of adults 50 and older have had the surgery compared with 10% of those age 80 and older, but the greatest increase in procedures occurred among younger adults. Osteoarthritis was the primary reason for the surgery.

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