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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Why Patients Are No Longer 'Too Young' for Hip Replacement Surgery

Turns out hip replacement surgery is now an equal opportunity procedure and is no longer reserved for the 'older' population. New research from the National Hospital Discharge Survey reveals that hip replacement surgery increased by 200 percent from 2000-2010, among ages 45-54... the youngest group in the study.

Hip replacement is becoming increasingly more "hip" and popular among younger folks due to advanced technologies, shorter hospital stays, and a rising number of arthritis cases in younger patients. Hip replacement allows these younger people to continue their active lifestyle, free of nagging hip pain.

The surgery is most often performed on those suffering from advanced osteoarthritis, a painful condition caused by the breakdown of cartilage surrounding the hip joints. Oral or topical anti-inflammatories and physical therapy are usually the first course of treatment to try and alleviate pain. If these don't work, surgery may be the best option.

Vast technological advancements have been made to this procedure over the past 15 years, including improvements to the actual materials used in the artificial hip replacement pieces/joints. These newer materials are stronger and more compatible with the body and now can be expected to function well up to 20 years following the initial replacement surgery.

Hospital stays following surgery have become shorter too, adding to the procedure's appeal. The average patient with no complications can often go home within a day and a half. And once they have completed their prescribed rehab regimen, most younger patients are able to return to their active lifestyle, including sports, within a few months.

If you struggle with constant hip pain, contact us to discuss your options.

(Adapted from U.S. News & World Report, Health)

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