Increase in knee replacements for younger patients

January 17, 2012 2:17:51 PM PST
Figures from the Unites States, United Kingdom and Finland show more Baby Boomers in their 50s are requesting the surgery for their arthritic knees.

Some experts believe the growing obesity problem is partly to blame because excess weight can put a strain on the knees.

A report in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism says work is urgently needed to check that replacements in this age group is a good idea.

The durability of knee replacements has only been assessed in patients in their 60s, 70s and 80s, not in their 50s.