Did you know that by the year 2030, 3.48 million joint replacement surgeries are estimated to be performed every year in the United States? The most commonly performed joint replacement surgeries are total hip replacement surgery and knee joint replacement surgery. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause for needing surgery on the hips and knees. The most common ages for hip and knee replacement surgeries fall between 50-80. If you experience consistent pain in your knee or hip that interferes with daily activity, your doctor may recommend looking into total hip replacement surgery or knee joint replacement surgery.
Hip Joint Replacement Surgery
In 2013, the number of hip replacement surgeries performed in the United States was about 332,000. Patients are encouraged to start prep for surgery one to two months before the actual surgery itself. This preparation for surgery can (and should) include making provisions for pre-operative medical clearance, rehabilitation after the surgery, and weaning off drugs like Advil or Ibuprofen that also act as blood thinners. Hip replacement surgery can greatly improve your quality of life, by making movement easier and decreasing pain.
Knee Joint Replacement Surgery
Knee joint replacement is an even more common surgery than total hip replacement surgery, with about 719,000 surgeries completed last year in the United States. Luckily, about 85% of these replacements remain functional for over 20 years. Like with a total hip replacement surgery, patients should meet with their doctor for a medical evaluation, stop taking blood thinning drugs like Advil or Ibuprofen, and make at home preparations for after the surgery. Knee joint replacement surgeries have a high success rate, with 90% of patients reporting a reduction in pain and an improved daily quality of life, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
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