There are increasing numbers of Canadians undergoing hip and knee replacements with the number of such surgeries having risen by 87% in the past decade. This increase in replacement surgeries is due to the prevailing trend of obesity. The susceptible age groups were people between the ages of 45 to 54.
Figures show that nearly nine out of ten patients in the year 2004-2005 who had knee replacements were thought to be either overweight or obese. There is a definite link between obesity and osteoarthritis, comment specialists. Knee and hip replacements usually last for 10 to 15 years.
This is a wake up call to the baby boomer generation as well, to shape up or be shipped out!