Victorian research shows sharp rise in hip replacements

Examining data on 45,000 patients over nine years, researchers showed the lifetime risk among females aged 20–29 years rose from 8.49% to 10.30% and among men of similar age from 9.29% to 10.27%.

As the prevalence of hip osteoarthritis is higher in Australian females compared to males, the similar lifetime risk may indicate underutlisation of surgery by women and warrants further investigation, the authors said.

But they found evidence that disparities between urban and rural access to