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Total Knee Replacement Surgery Increasing

February 13, 2011
Knee Replacement

Knee Replacement

There is an increasing trend toward knee replacement (total knee arthroplasty) in treating knee osteoarthritis.  A teaching hospital in Hong Kong looked at 750 patients who had their knees replaced from January of 2000 to December of 2009.

The number of total knee replacements increased from 91 in 200 to 181 in 2009.  There were 588 females who had their knees replaced compared to 162 males with 589 left knees being replaced and 568 right knees.  The men age of the patients having their knees replaced did not change significantly but the number of patients over 80 years of age increased from 4.8% to 13.8%.

This article was published in the Hong Kong Medical Journal (Feb 2011).



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