December 2, 2008

More boomers need new knees

Knee-replacement surgery is being done on boomers more than ever before, NBC reports.

NBC cites studies by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons that from 1998 to 2005, total knee replacement surgeries increased from 266,000 to 534,000. Not only is the need for the surgery coming from boomers, younger people are also undergoing the operation.

"Our society is more active and they know this technology is there and if your choice is to take a risk that will last your whole life or sit in a bench for 15 years until you get to be 60, people are pushing us more to try and do the operation earlier," said Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lee Fullerton Jr. "The baby boomer generation is hitting us now and we get a lot of patients who need this surgery."

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