January 20, 2012
Knee Replacement Surgery Soars
(Ivanhoe Newswire)- The number of yearly incidences of partial and total knee surgeries has risen rapidly among women ages 30-59, with a particularly high increase among women 50-59 according to researchers in Finland.
The culprit causing the need for these surgeries is osteoarthritis (OA), a highly disabling joint disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), osteoarthritis is the fourth leading cause of years lived with a disability. Experts say more than 10 million adults are affected by osteoarthritis in the U.S. The disease is characterized by disabling pain and stiffness. Knee replacement surgery, arthroplasty, is sometimes the only treatment option for those with advanced disease.
SOURCE: Arthritis & Rheumatism, January 2012