How Many Hip Replacements Per Year? (UK)

27th July 2022 Clinical Negligence

Hip replacement procedures are not uncommon, especially in older age groups, and more are typically carried out on female patients. A hip replacement will be recommended to a patient if their hip joint is damaged or especially weak, and they are designed to last for 15 years before natural degradation requires them to be replaced again.

The number of hip replacement surgeries has fluctuated over recent years, and this could be due to factors such as COVID-19 restrictions or the UK’s ageing population. In this post, we will explore why hip replacements are needed and the statistics for hip replacements from 2018 to 2021.

Why hip replacements are necessary

Hip replacement surgery is usually required when the hip joint is worn or damaged, resulting in reduced mobility and pain even while resting. The most common reason for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis. Other conditions that can cause hip joint damage include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hip fracture
  • Septic arthritis
  • Disorders that cause unusual bone growth (bone dysplasia)

Hip replacements - 2018 to 2019

There were a total of 81,130 hip replacement procedures recorded between April 2018 and March 2019. 

The most common age range that received hip replacement surgery over these 12 months was 75-79 year olds, of which there were 823.7 hip operations per 100,000 female patients and 551.9 per 100,000 males. When looking at the full range of hip replacement patients between 15-75 years old, 52 per cent were aged over 70 years old and 41.9 per cent were aged between 50-69. 

The number of hip replacements per 100,000 people across all age groups were:

Age GroupFemaleMale
Age 10-140.30.6
Age 15-192.32
Age 20-242.93.4
Age 25-294.84.1
Age 30-349.18.3
Age 35-3915.315.5
Age 40-4433.833.7
Age 45-4964.863.7
Age 50-54123109.9
Age 55-59200.5182.5
Age 60-64355.6285
Age 65-69512.1391.4
Age 70-74702.9475.2
Age 75-79823.7551.9
Age 80-84717501.1
Age 85+323.1282.7

According to webmd.com, hip replacement surgery is more common in females as there are higher rates of arthritis observed in women, whereas joint surgeries for men are more likely to be the result of an injury.

Hip replacements - 2019 to 2020

There were a total of 76,401 hip replacement procedures recorded between April 2019 and March 2020.

Between April 2019 and March 2020, the number of hip replacements performed on people aged between 75 and 79 years old were 732.9 per 100,000 female patients and 496.7 per 100,000 male patients. This was a decrease in the number of hip replacement operations compared to the previous year, which is likely due to the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the initial lockdown enforced in March 2020. 

The number of hip replacements per 100,000 people across all age groups were:

Age GroupFemaleMale
Age 10-140.70.2
Age 15-192.31.9
Age 20-242.43
Age 25-294.84
Age 30-347.57.8
Age 35-3915.714
Age 40-4429.730.8
Age 45-4960.160.2
Age 50-54114.5104.7
Age 55-59201.7168.2
Age 60-64335.3277.2
Age 65-69481351.5
Age 70-74640.9439.5
Age 75-79732.9496.7
Age 80-84669.4466.8
Age 85+286.5265.3

Hip replacements - 2020 to 2021

There were a total of 30,937 hip replacement procedures recorded between April 2020 and March 2021.

During the pandemic, hospitals became very busy, requiring a large proportion of the NHS workforce to help COVID-19 sufferers. The pandemic and its fallout had a significant impact on the number of hip replacement operations performed between April 2020 and March 2021. The number dropped significantly over this period with 271.1 per 100,000 female patients and 186 per 100,000 males aged between 75 and 79 undergoing the procedure.

The number of hip replacements per 100,000 people across all age groups were:

Age GroupFemaleMale
Age 10-140.20.2
Age 15-191.81.1
Age 20-240.82
Age 25-293.32.4
Age 30-3444.4
Age 35-397.46.6
Age 40-4414.314.1
Age 45-4928.428
Age 50-5454.547.2
Age 55-5984.376.9
Age 60-64136.9114.8
Age 65-69192.2139.6
Age 70-74241.1164.3
Age 75-79271.1186
Age 80-84255.3168.7
Age 85+108.794.9

Hip replacement medical negligence

There are a number of circumstances where hip replacement surgery can go wrong, and if this was caused by the negligence of a medical professional, you could be entitled to compensation. To find out more about making a claim for hip surgery negligence, visit our dedicated page.

For a free consultation on a no win, no fee claim, contact our team today on 0345 872 6666, or fill out our online enquiry form.
 

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