The young author of this piece was in constant pain, but the decreasing age at which these operations are being done is very disturbing. I wonder whether less invasive alternatives are exhausted or even considered before these operations are done?
This trend means there will certainly be an increase in the number of revision hip surgeries which is concerning given the lower success rate of these procedures. Younger people are presumably resuming active lifestyles which really push the limits of these artificial joints and can cause them to degrade much more quickly than an older patient with lower expectations for post-surgery activity
This is definitely an improvement. I can even see myself having to do this surgery when I'm in fifties, with the way my hip is going. Surgery, of course, is a last resort, but if you have to do it, better to have the most successful materials and outcome.
The title is catchy, but the fastest growing group is people ages 55 to 64. But I was really hoping “Popular Science” was going to tout the DIY hip replacement community.
Hip surgeries before puberty, anyone? Let’s have elite athletes at a young age.
If the ball screws into the femur stem and the socket liner is made to be replaced, it seems that revisions would be less risky. It seems it would take longer for either socket to hip or stem to femur interfaces to fail. By then we may have perfected a means to initiate natural bone remodeling.
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