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Joint replacement: enjoy time together
Joint replacement allows families to actively spend time togetherOur fondest childhood memories often include special moments with a loving parent or grandparent, going for a walk in the park, or playing on the swings. That is why it’s unfortunate when the aches and pains of aging keep us from participating in irreplaceable family experiences.
New joints, better movement.
As baby boomers age and want to keep up their active lifestyles, joint replacement surgery is becoming more common. Today, people in their 40s, 50s and 60s are getting new knees, hips and shoulders.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 800,000 joint replacement procedures are done in the United States each year.
“Joint replacement surgery is usually performed when arthritis has eaten away the cartilage cushioning and protecting the bones that make up joints,” says Robert Greene, MD, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and medical director of the Joint AdvantageTM program at Memorial. “Surgeons remove limited amounts of bone and cartilage from the joint and replace them with artificial pieces made of metal, plastic or ceramic materials. The type of material depends on a variety of factors, including the patient’s age, how active he or she intends to be after surgery, and the nature of the damage to the original joint. Most replacements last 15 to 20 years and give patients almost the same amount of mobility as a healthy, natural joint.”
Joint replacement allows families to actively spend time together—creating special memories with those who matter most.