Two out of every 100 Americans living with an artificial joint

By WEEK Producer

March 11, 2014 Updated Mar 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- About two out of every 100 Americans are living with an artificial joint, in part because of baby boomers in need of new knees and hips.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota say more than 7 million Americans are now living with an artificial joint.

These patients could require ongoing care and some are likely to need additional surgeries.

Experts predict the number of total joint replacement surgeries will continue to rise along with the aging baby boomer population.

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