The longevity of hip and knee replacements are continually improving. With newer technology, better materials, and advanced surgical techniques, orthopedic surgeons are seeing an increase in the lifespan of joint replacements in patients.
However, even with these advancements in joint replacement surgery, the replacements will not last forever. Many variables can impact the longevity of joint replacements and you should consider them all before undergoing a hip or knee replacement surgery.
In this article, we will cover common questions and concerns that impact the lifespan of your joint replacement.
The lifespan of a hip or knee replacement is not a straightforward answer. Even with a successful joint replacement, there is no guarantee as to how many years it will last. However, on average, joint replacements have been reported to last between 15 and20 years.
To ensure that you receive the maximum lifespan of your joint replacement, there are a few factors you should be aware of:
When creating a hip or knee replacement, the types of materials used and the bearing size are taken into consideration to create a custom joint implant that will last.
There are various types of materials to use, but the most common types used today are as follows:
Doctors may use a combination of materials such as Metal on Polyethylene (MOP) or Ceramic on Metal (COM) to create your implant. Using a variety of material helps doctors create a replacement for your body size with maximum flexibility.
Note: As always, talk to your physician if you have questions about the materials used to determine which is right for you.
When determining what type of hip or knee replacement surgery is right for you, your doctor will consider the durability of the materials, your age, and your current lifestyle. For example, if you are over 55, your doctor may suggest a total hip replacement to ensure a high success rate and a predictable outcome. On the other hand, if you under 55 with an active lifestyle, hip resurfacing might be an option.
Doctors will also take into consideration your physical strength and cognitive function to ensure that you can complete the rehabilitation process. By performing an eligibility assessment, your doctor will be able to confirm the type of hip or knee replacement that is best for you.
Disclaimer: Age alone is not never a contradiction for surgery. Your overall health is the primary concern of any procedure.
The lifespan of a hip or knee replacement is not definitive, but you can play a role in lengthening it. By following post-surgery procedures and remaining a healthy lifestyle, you can increase the lifespan of your joint replacement and better your quality of life.
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