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Hip replacements are on the rise

from U-T San Diego

In recent years, the number of patients who have had hip replacement surgery has doubled nationwide. While the reasons for the increase are not entirely known, it’s theorized the rise comes from an increase in osteoarthritis, or a breakdown of cartilage that cushions the joints. The findings were released in January by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Based on a study of hospital records of total hip replacements from 2000 to 2010, the number of the procedures jumped from 138,700 in 2000 to 310,800 in 2010. more

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