Joint Replacement

Joint replacement surgery can change a person’s life. There are more and more operations undertaken every year, but a new Canadian study has found that men are three times as likely to undergo such surgery. Why are women holding back?

The research found that women were less likely than men to rate their arthritis as severe enough to go under the knife. Women were also less likely to be recommended by family and friends to have the surgery. And, despite having worse arthritis on average, poorer people were also less likely to seek out joint replacements – even in Canada, where Private Health Insurance is virtually non-existent and the majority uses the public health system.

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