GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS

201 Health - - Joint Health -

The bad news is that hip and knee re­place­ments are be­com­ing more com­mon. One study in the 2007

pre­dicted that de­mand for pri­mary hip re­place­ment would grow by 174 per­cent by 2030 and for an ini­tial knee re­place­ment by 673 per­cent. The good news? Ad­vances in pa­tient care and tech­nol­ogy have made the pro­ce­dure less in­va­sive, less painful and longer last­ing than ever be­fore. “The orig­i­nal hip and knees were 10- to 15-year pro­ce­dures in their in­fancy, about 45 years ago,” says Dr. Mark Hartzband, di­rec­tor of hip and knee re­place­ment at Hack­en­sack Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter and di­rec­tor of the Joint Re­place­ment Cen­ter at Holy Name Med­i­cal Cen­ter. “A well-done hip and knee to­day should last a min­i­mum of 30.”

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