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As the Swedes struggle with a growing fat epidemic, more broken knees associated with heaviness

Tuesday, 24 April 2012
The Swedish people are getting too heavy for their knee joints. Today, many 45 year olds use knee prosthesis due to being overweight or obese according to news media data reports.

More than one in two men and one third of woman in Sweden are overweight. It has long been known that the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer was associated with over weight but now the superfluous pounds provide a new health problem: Obesity rips so hard on the knees that they must be replaced with knee prostheses in plastic and metal.

Medical authorities say that fifteen years ago such people were not part of their patients.

The problem comes as the body weight erode the cartilage around the bones of the knee joint so that it is destroyed making every step to shoot in a very sharp pain. It is called osteoarthritis and so far has mostly affected the elderly. But now orthopaedic surgeons are having more work dealing with the knee joints of as early as 45-year-olds.

Each year around 13 000 knee replacement operations takes place in Sweden. That is a threefold increase since the early 1990's. The increase occurs in all age groups. But new statistics, which the Swedish Knee Arthroplasty Register has produced, shows that the operation is growing fastest among 45 – 54 year olds. The number has more than tenfold from 80 surgeries in 1990  to 880 operations in 2010

“There is a clear trend. The same is done in Finland, UK, USA and Australia, but we are some years behind them in the development, says orthopaedists Tore Dalén, who is chairman of the Swedish hip and knee society.
Swedish Knee Arthroplasty Register since 2009 collects data on the weight of those who receive knee prostheses. It shows that eight out of ten that undergo surgery are overweight or obese, meaning they have a body mass index, BMI, of at least 25. For a woman or man who is 167 cm corresponds to a weight of 70 kg and above.

“It is clear that more of our patients today are obese and that is something we cover in our courses in surgery. We usually say that if the average person goes about twenty kilos in weight, the number of knee operations will halved in Sweden,” says Tore Dalén.

A new knee costs about Skr 90 000 and almost a third who undergo surgery, replaces both knees with prostheses. Complications will mean that doing it will cost 5 - 7 times more expensive. It is a great cost to society, according to Tore Dalén.

But the way things look, and as the Swedes throw away their previously hailed healthy living lifestyle to embracing the more American-British  fatty way of life, there is the need for the authorities to prepare for an explosion in the future as more people will be coming in for kneed replacement.
By Team

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