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I got my hip replaced at 39. Here’s why that might get more common.

By Popular Science

Science Turns out, I’m hip to a new trend. The age of artificial hip recipients is falling: In 2000, the average age was just over 66; in 2014, it was 64.9Read full story


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  • Dr Gail Barnes
    Dr Gail BarnesPartner at Personify LLC

    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?

  • James Ayoub
    James AyoubAnalyst // Lifelong Learner // Minimalist

    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

  • Anita Egyir
    Anita EgyirGeologist

    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.

  • Mike Osswald
    Mike OsswaldVP, Experience Innovation at Hanson Inc.

    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.

  • David Yakobovitch
    David YakobovitchAI Professor at Galvanize

    Hip surgeries before puberty, anyone? Let’s have elite athletes at a young age.

  • Kristina Donofrio
    Kristina Donofrio

    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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