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3) Preva­lence of arthri­tis among women above 60 years is 43% whereas it is 25% among men. Sim­ply put, you should be watch­ing care­fully to see if your mother is keep­ing pace with you. Os­teoarthri­tis of the knee is the most com­mon cause of dis­abil­ity. It is a dis­ease of age that af­fects more women than men on a 60:40 ba­sis. Ear­lier, gen­eral physi­cians used to ad­vise pa­tients to wait as long as they could be­fore get­ting a knee re­place­ment. The logic be­hind this was that it is a once-in-a-life­time surgery that should last an av­er­age of 15 to 20 years. How­ever, this no longer stands true. The good news is that the lat­est in­no­va­tions in both sur­gi­cal tech­niques and med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy have re­sulted in faster re­cov­ery and far bet­ter pro­ce­dural out­comes. In this day and age, with the ad­vance­ment in tech­nol­ogy, the knee re­place­ment is made of new-age ma­te­rial such as ox­i­dized zir­co­nium, which lasts longer - even up to 30 years. Re­place­ment joints like Ox­inium, ap­par­ently, stand the wear and tear for a longer time, which in­creases the life span of the newly re­placed knee joint, re­duc­ing the need for a re­vi­sion knee re­place­ment in fu­ture. How­ever, sur­veys show that women with os­teoarthri­tis opt for surgery much later than men. This is be­cause moth­ers are taught to al­ways put their fam­ily and fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­ity ahead of their own health. But the fact is de­lay­ing surgery be­yond a point can limit the qual­ity of life of the pa­tient, be­cause how they func­tion be­fore surgery in­di­cates their per­for­mance af­ter­wards. So the ques­tion is: When is the right time to start think­ing about surgery? The an­swer is: When you no­tice that your life­style starts chang­ing be­cause of your hip or your knee prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly chronic pain that just doesn’t go away, then

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