More people living with artificial joints - - Jackson, MS

More people living with artificial joints

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

About 2 out of every 100 Americans are living with an artificial joint, in part because of baby boomers in need of new knees and hips.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota say more than 7 million Americans are now living with artificial knee or hip. 2.5 million have an artificial hip. Another 4.7 million have an artificial knee.

Doctors say these patients will require ongoing care and some are likely to need additional surgeries. Experts predict the number of total joint replacement surgeries will continue to rise along with the aging baby boomer population.

This research is from the Mayo Clinic and was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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