I know hips and knees can be replaced, but what about other joints?

Today it seems everyone is undergoing joint replacement surgery. Dean Trevlyn, M.D., a board-certified orthopaedist with Premier Orthopaedics at Crozer-Keystone Health System, states, “With people living longer and being more active in later years, there’s more wear and tear on our bodies, particularly our joints.”

Although hip and knee replacements are the most common, shoulders are becoming more commonly replaced. Joint replacements can also be done for elbows, wrists, and ankles.

Most joints are repaired between the ages of 50 and 80; the average age of people undergoing hip and knee surgeries is about 66. The technology and design of joint replacements have improved dramatically over the past 10-15 years and continue to improve.

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