Joint replacement patients are younger and heavier

The average patient undergoing hip or knee joint replacement is now clinically obese and significantly younger than 10 years ago, according to a survey of orthopaedic surgeons.

It found that BMIs averaged more than 30, with 72 per cent saying BMIs had increased over the last five years.

Nearly 90 per cent of surgeons surveyed said their patients were younger than 10 years ago by an average of seven-and-a-half years.

The survey was undertaken at the British Orthopaedic Association Congress.

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