Average age of joint replacement patients decreasing

According to a new study, the age of joint replacement patients continues to go down.

The study presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ annual meeting reports the average age of patients for hip replacement is now under 65.

The study also found that while more women have the surgeries, men patients are increasing.

Doctors at Mayo Clinic say there are reasons we are seeing the decrease in age of these patients.

“Our society in general is just staying more active later in life. So the end result of all that is active people, younger age, worn out joints,” said Mayo Clinic Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Anthony Villare.

Hip, knee, and other joint replacement procedures are among the most common elective surgeries in the United States with nearly 700,000 knee replacement surgeries happening every year.