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Thursday 3 March 2016

It is a myth that a higher proportion of young people are getting hip replacements, says National Joint Registry

Responding to media reports on the increase of hip replacement procedures for under-60s, NJR medical director Mr Martyn Porter said:

“The information on the number of young people undergoing primary hip surgery is misleading.  What recent reports have failed to highlight is that percentage of patients under-60 years undergoing hip replacement has not changed as a proportion.  There is consistently around twenty per cent of patients each year under-60.

“It is correct that the absolute number of under-60s undergoing primary hip surgery has gone up.  However, these figures are in line with demographic growth and the NJR figures clearly highlight that the percentage of patients within the age group bands has not changed significantly since 2006*.

 “It is, of course, heartening and very encouraging that hip and knee implants are lasting ten years or more, with risk of revision lower than 5%.  Joint replacement surgery offers significant benefits – getting patients back to their chosen lifestyle sooner, free from pain and with improved mobility.

“We must continue to work to get the first time surgery as right for the patient as possible – especially where younger patients are concerned as they are most likely to need at least one revision surgery in their lifetime.

“The NJR continues to collect the most robust evidence on joint replacement surgery to help to monitor the performance of implants, the effectiveness of different types of surgery and to improve clinical standards.  The registry benefits patients, clinicians and the orthopaedic sector as a whole.”


Listen to Mr Martyn Porter on BBC Radio Kent's phone-in show discussing this issue (from 02h:08:33) >


*Age of patients undergoing primary hip replacement 2006 - 2014.

The percentage of patients within the age group bands has not changed significantly since 2006:  

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