Hip and knee replacement surgery in people became fairly common in the 1970s.
I was surprised to learn that surgeons began performing joint replacement surgery back in 1939 using animals. Hip and knee replacement surgery in people became fairly common in the 1970s.
Arthritis is the main reason people end up having joint replacement surgery. As new, more sophisticated prosthetics for hip and knee replacements have been developed, the surgery has become easier and recovery time has gotten shorter. And while it used to be people over 60 who were the best candidates, new technology means that orthopaedic care can help relieve pain in younger, more active people.
Physicians recommend relieving knee and hip pain with other options first. When pain relievers and physical therapy don’t work, it’s time to consider surgery. Nearly a quarter of a million people have knee or hip replacement surgery every year. More people have knee replacements done than hip replacements.
Last year, I followed a Louisville schoolteacher through the entire knee replacement process. To see her story, go to: http://www.live-norton-healthcare.pantheonsite.io/knee-replacement-surgery
A new study on joint replacement surgery reveals the procedure can have an additional “unexpected” benefit. To read more about it, go to: