More than 700,000 knee and hip replacements or joint implants are performed each year in the United States. Shoulder replacement is less common, but 23,000 people have that surgery each year.
You may be a candidate for joint replacement (or arthroplasty) if you have:
- Chronic knee pain, hip pain or limited mobility as a result of arthritis or injury
- Pain that keeps you from sleeping or participating in normal day-to-day activities
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Joint Implants: How Long Do They Last?
Implants or replacements don't last forever.
Ninety percent of implants are in good shape after 10 years. After 20 years, 75 to 80 percent still perform well. A patient's activity level and other factors can affect how long an implant lasts.
Younger patients often recover faster from surgery and regain use of their joints faster than older patients. However, younger patients are also more likely to need the surgery repeated in the future because of their longer life expectancy.
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Alternatives to Joint Implants
If you're experiencing joint pain, the first step is to try alternatives to surgery, including:
- Pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Physical therapy
- Injections of steroid injections or lubricants
Some patients with shoulder arthritis or injury may be candidates for resurfacing arthroplasty, a procedure in which your surgeon only removes the diseased cartilage and bone. Consult with an orthopedic specialist to find out if an alternative would work for you.
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