Dramatic ten-year rise in hip replacement surgery

THE number of hip replacements in patients under age 60 has increased by 76 per cent in the ten years prior 2014-15, according to NHS figures.

An analysis of Hospital Episode Statistics by the Royal College of Surgeons found that in 2004-05 there were 10,145 hip replacements compared to 17,883 in 2014-15 for patients 59 and under. Across all ages there was a 47 per cent increase hip replacements between these years.

Orthopaedic surgeon and Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Mr Stephen Cannon, said: "As hip replacement techniques and prosthetics have improved, so have the numbers of younger patients undergoing this type of surgery.

"Chronic hip pain can have a devastating effect on quality of life and the ability to remain active. People don’t want to live with this pain if they can confidently undergo a hip replacement that’s successful and lasts. It’s no longer seen as a last resort.

"Confidence in the longevity of new prosthetics among surgeons will also be contributing to the increase in replacements."