commonplace among aging baby boomers
and active seniors who want to pursue the
activities they enjoy pain free. In fact, nearly
800,000 people get a knee or hip joint
surgery. According to Jeffrey Shroyer, MD,
a joint replacement and sports medicine
specialist, they are:
· Improve quality of life "The big issue
their ability to get around and/or limits
their daily activities," he says. For instance,
climbing stairs, walking, taking care of
yourself, golfing or exercising, and going
on excursions are difficult to do.
activities you enjoy," Dr. Shroyer says.
falling and perhaps, breaking a bone or
night," Dr. Shroyer says.
Not so long ago, people believed that new
probably the biggest myth that a device only
lasted 10 years," Dr. Shroyer says. "That's really
not the case. For the majority of our patients
they can expect their device to last for the rest
of their life." The materials used in the joints has
improved, making it likely a hip joint will last 20
to 25 years and a knee 15 to 25 years.
avoiding infections around the new joint and/
or abusing the new joint through excessive wear
and tear can lead to complications.
really is not an upper or lower age limit
for patients in order to be considered
for joint replacement," Dr. Shroyer says.
"Pain, quality of life and health are the
most important factors to consider when
making this decision."
· Overall medical condition and health
· Current weight People with a body mass
have the surgery
Recovery time after surgery has been
your motivation, physical condition before
surgery and willingness to do the necessary
therapy after surgery.
usually up and moving. Within 48 hours, you
can expect to go home."
professional caregiver who can help you
while you recover," he says. "They'll need to
provide external support, such as helping
with meals, bathing, dressing and cleaning,
until you can get around on your own."
your quality of life, University Hospitals
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