Hip Replacement Statistics: Study Finds 2 in 100 Americans Have Artificial Hips or Knees
More than 400,000 hips and 600,000 knees are replaced each year in the U.S., according to hip replacement statistics. However, up until now, there have not been concrete hip replacement statistics to determine exactly how many people are currently living with new joints. The first major study of its kind, conducted by the chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic, concluded in March 2014 that more than two of every 100 individuals in the U.S. have an artificial joint, an estimated seven million Americans. The study’s hip replacement statistics also found that in those over the age of 50, two percent have replaced a hip and five percent have replaced a knee.
According to experts, these hip replacement statistics are expected to grow as the population continues to age, and questions about the life expectancy and cost of these devices have recently come to the attention of both physicians and patients alike. Several factors may contribute to deteriorating joints such as arthritis, obesity and sports in which adults partake. Federal hip replacement statistics show that nearly half of the hip replacement surgeries performed are in people under the age of 65, and knee replacement procedures have more than tripled among adults between the ages of 45 and 64 over the last 10 years.
Increase in Replacements Leads to More Lawsuits
There have been several recalls over implants such as the DePuy ASR implant, and adverse event reports have been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involving the DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip replacement systems.
As a result, patients across the U.S. are filing DePuy lawsuits against the manufacturer after allegedly suffering from complications such as pain, discomfort, metallosis or metal toxicity, neurological damage, limited mobility and early device failure. While most hip implants are designed to last for 15 to 20 years, plaintiffs allege in their DePuy lawsuits that these implants often failed within one year following implantation.
While the manufacturer agreed to pay a $2.5 billion settlement to resolve DePuy lawsuit claims over its allegedly defective devices in November 2013, attorneys throughout the U.S. believe additional plaintiffs may come forward as more adults are choosing knee and hip replacements to help improve their lifestyles and reduce the pain and limited mobility of which they may be suffering due to the natural aging process.
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If you or someone you love has been fitted with a DePuy hip implant and would like to learn more about your legal rights and pursuing a claim for compensation, the American Injury Attorney Group can provide you with a free case evaluation. We can answer your questions and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can fight to help you recover the damages to which you may be entitled.