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WHEN TO REPLACE

ANCHOR LEAD: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO REPLACE YOUR HIP?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Hip replacement is common and successful, with many prostheses lasting decades.  As a result, orthopedic surgeons commonly say that people wait too long to undergo the operation, often enduring years of reduced mobility and pain.  Simon Mears, chair of orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview, says the durability of the prostheses is a major factor.

MEARS: I think it really has pushed back the time in which people want their joints replaced and especially as the recoveries have improved people nowadays when their hip wears out people expect to get it replaced because otherwise you’re limping, you have a lot of pain, so I get patients who are in their thirties or forties, if the hip really is worn out, your options are really fairly limited as to what to do.  Generally people take the risk of having a hip replacement to give them quality of life, knowing that at some point they may need a revision type of surgery.          :32

So if your hip pain is causing disability, seek a consultation.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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