Features June 2012 Issue

Not Your Grandfather’s Hip Replacement

If you need a new hip, the total hip replacement you have done today won’t be the same as one done as recently as five or 10 years ago. Modern science continues to produce stronger, more durable hip implants. Improved surgical techniques minimize pain and ensure better placement of a new joint. And, aggressive rehabilitation programs get patients back on their feet more quickly. “Hip replacements used to last for 10 or 15 years. Now we routinely expect them to last 15 to 20 years,” says Peter Brooks, MD, a Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon. “Hip replacement totally transforms the lives of arthritic people.”

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