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  • Writer's pictureDr. Troy Miles

Age is Just a Number: Why More Younger Patients Are Seeking Joint Replacements

As the world becomes more active and health-conscious, it's no surprise that people are looking for ways to stay fit and pain-free as they age. For some, that means seeking out joint replacement surgery earlier than in the past.

Traditionally, hip and knee replacement surgeries have been reserved for older individuals with degenerative joint conditions, like arthritis. However, younger people are coming into my office and asking for these procedures more frequently, and I find myself performing hip and knee replacements on younger patients now than in the past.

What's clear is that there are some very real reasons why younger patients are turning to surgery as a solution for severe hip or knee pain. For one, the rates of obesity are increasing worldwide, which means there are simply more people experiencing joint damage at a younger age due to the added pressure and weight on their joints. Additionally, many young people are more active now than in the past, participating in sports and other physical activities that can cause joint injuries that might worsen over time.

It's not all bad news, though. Advances in surgical techniques and implant technology have made joint replacements safer and more effective now than ever before. This means that we can perform these surgeries on younger patients with confidence, helping them to alleviate pain and improve mobility. Ongoing research is helping to determine the best way forward for patients who have pain but would rather hold off on surgery for the time being, as well.

At the end of the day, our goal is always to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes, taking into account their unique circumstances and medical histories. Joint replacement surgery may not be right for everyone, but for those who need it, it can be life-changing.

As we continue to explore the benefits and challenges of joint replacement surgery in younger patients, one thing is clear: it's a topic that deserves our attention and ongoing exploration. If you'd like to learn more about joint replacement surgery and find out if you are a candidate, contact my office and we can schedule an in-person consultation.


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