The age of patients undergoing joint replacement continues to decline, and men account for a growing share of the procedures, CNN reported.
From 2000 to 2014, the average age of patients getting artificial hips, knees, and other joints decreased by 0.1 year annually and the age of patients undergoing a second total knee replacement by 0.2 year.
Long receiving cortisone shots in his knee to relieve arthritis-related pain, 81-year-old Simon Pulitzer was left to rely on a cane to get around.
Pulitzer, who endured the strenuous process to replace his left knee more than a decade ago, knew it was time to undergo the surgery again — this time on his right knee. When he found out that new technology could refine the process, he listened.
LAST FALL WAS QUITE EVENTFUL for John Boyd, 73, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. In August, he finally received long-awaited surgery to replace both hips—during one single operation at Sibley. In September, while he was completing rehabilitation at the hospital, two Category 5 hurricanes just weeks apart pummeled St. Croix and his home.