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Am I Too Young for Hip Replacement Surgery?

Jan 08, 2024

Am I Too Young for Hip Replacement Surgery?

Most people think of a hip replacement as a surgery for the very elderly, but more and more young people are having this surgery done successfully for better mobility and reduced pain

Hip pain can prove extremely debilitating, especially if you’re under the age of 70 and live an active life.  Formerly, hip surgery was reserved for aging patients in the hope that a single surgery would last the rest of their lives; now, however, more younger patients are getting hip surgery and enjoying the benefits for years before another surgery is needed.

At Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (AOSM), located in Union City and Dyersburg, Tennessee, Dr. Michael Calfee, Paxton Sisson PA-C, and the rest of our skilled team are here to help assist you in making the critical decision about whether or not to get hip replacement surgery before you’re 60 years old.

Why doctors traditionally recommended delaying hip surgery

For many years, the standard was to try to put off hip replacement surgery until a patient was in their 60s or even 70s. This was because the hip replacement was unlikely to last longer than 10-15 years, and most doctors didn’t want to put their patients through revision surgery at an even more advanced age.

 

This meant that quite a few patients were forced to wait for years for hip replacement surgery, while treatments like physical therapy and analgesic medications became less and less effective. 

Many persons waiting for hip replacement end up needing to use assistive aids (like canes or walkers) to stay ambulatory while waiting for approval for a joint replacement, and it's not uncommon for such patients to sustain additional wear-and-tear on other joints as their bodies try to compensate for the damaged hip.

If you’re experiencing difficulty while waiting for a hip replacement, you might want to consult with a doctor at AOSM for a second opinion.

Today’s techniques and options allow for earlier surgery

Today, hip replacement surgery techniques and the materials used to make hip replacement components have advanced considerably. 

First, the surgery techniques used today are less invasive than those used in the past. This means that the initial surgery, as well as any needed revisions, are much less traumatic for the patient, and recovery is much quicker. If someone has a hip replacement at age 45 and needs another by age 65, the outlook is good.

Second, the quality of hip replacement components has improved. While formerly it wasn’t very common for a hip replacement to last 20 years or more, now nearly 60% of hip replacements make it to the 25-year mark before needing replacement. 

We use minimally invasive techniques, including the smallest incisions possible, to reduce blood loss, trauma to your joint, and complications after surgery. We can help you get the surgery you need regardless of your age, so you can go back to living life on your terms.

Ready to talk seriously about hip replacement?  To get in touch, call the AOSM location closest to you, or book an appointment online.