Not too long ago, when you thought of a total knee replacement, you probably associated it with a medical procedure for the elderly. With total knee replacement surgery leading all other elective surgical procedures in the nation at around 600,000 performed each year, that is no longer the case. It is estimated that by the year 2030, there will be around 3 million of these operations performed each year in the U.S. That is an astounding number compared to just two decades ago.
According to a recent news article from The Spokesman Review, a 40-year-old woman just had a total knee replacement, and she is a member of the fastest-growing demographic for those having a total knee replacement. She is as far from the prototypical elderly patients of 20 years ago as you can get. The main question is why did she have the procedure? Continue reading