As an orthopedic surgeon, I’ve noticed a growing trend: more and more people are undergoing joint replacements at younger and younger ages. Patients in early middle age — and even some in their 20s and 30s — are increasingly opting for hip replacement surgery. For these patients, who are more active than the typical hip … Continue reading How hip replacements are helping young people stay active longer
Thirty years ago, a total knee or hip replacement was likely to last just five to ten years. Now, with advancements in metallurgy and plastic development, “we’re able to put in total joints … that can last 30 years or longer,” said Jay Mabrey, MD, chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Baylor University … Continue reading Is one-day total joint replacement for you? [Video]
For many patients, a knee or hip replacement can be a major procedure that requires two or three days in the hospital. That was not the case for former President George W. Bush, who reportedly was out of the hospital and headed home from Chicago to Dallas within hours of a partial replacement of his left … Continue reading George W. Bush’s knee surgery highlights fast joint replacement options
Once interested only in the hearts and minds of surgeons, orthopedic device manufacturers are now taking full aim at the patient as a consumer. While not as common as ads for erectile dysfunction medications, patients and doctors alike are seeing more ads for “the latest and greatest orthopaedic device.” One ad currently running shows a … Continue reading Is Advertising Changing the Practice of Orthopedic Surgeons?