Sunday, November 21, 2010

Total Knee Replacement in Younger Adults

The surgery that replaces the knee joint rose by 66% in American age 65-84 from 1997 to 2007.  And in Americans age 45-64, the rate tripled in that time.  The technology has improved and more surgeons are willing to perform this operation in younger people and the public has a greater familiarity with the procedure and its results.

We don't know if more patients age 45-64 are getting osteoarthritis or if the rise in sports injuries is driving it.   With the baby boomers now reaching Medicare age, it is anticipated that the knee replacement rate will continue to soar.

Total knee replacement is a big surgery.  Some have referred to it as "precision carpentry".  The recovery period is 4-6 weeks and the full recovery takes about a year.  For older, retired people who are more sedentary, this disability time is not such a big deal.  But for working adults, it consumes a lot of time.  The surgery is usually not done until the patient has tried all of the other treatments but still has severe pain with normal activities.

Non operative treatment options include weight loss, anti-inflammatory meds, joint supplements, cortisone injections, hyaluronic acid injections and activity modification.

One study of 84 patients younger than 55 years old who underwent knee replacement found that 82 of them improved their activity after knee replacement and 18 years later, 94% of the knees were still working well.

There is a forum site where people exchange tips and stories about total knee replacement.  The person who started the site was 27 when she had a TKR!

18 comments:

newsmild said...

thanks for info

tracy said...

Is this the surgery you had, Dr. Brayer? How are you doing?

sunnydalai said...

thanks for the picture. I saw it this morning over breakfast, and am just now feeling almost normal......

Toni Brayer, MD said...

Tracy: Yes that is my knee in the 2nd photo a few hours post-op. I have never felt better! I thought I'd play better tennis but I guess that takes skill.

sunnydalai: EverythingHealth needs a filter for readers that are eating.

Ken D Berry MD said...

Very good post.
Many people each year consider knee replacement surgery when much less dangerous options exist.
Click on my name to read on...

linkwheel said...

Took me time to learn all the comments, but I actually loved the article. It proved to be very helpful to me and I'm positive to all of the commenters here! It is all the time good when you cannot solely be told, but in addition engaged! I'm certain you had joy scripting this article. Anyway, in my language, there usually are not a lot good source like this.

link wheel said...

I've been trying to Achieve access to this website for a while. I used to be using IE then when I tried Firefox, it labored just high-quality? Just wished to bring this to your attention. This is really good blog. I have a bunch myself. I actually admire your design. I know this is off subject however,did you make this design yourself,or buy from someplace? Anyway, in my language, there aren't a lot good source like this.

sim so dep said...

Daniel, yea I can see what you probably did there. I actually liked that part, but hehe I am not that harsh like my dad with these things. He at all times tells me loopy tales back in the day and calls me a loser. I assume it's time I transfer out of my parents' basement LOL. Aaanyways, what about you? what does your dad suppose xD" Anyway, in my language, there will not be much good source like this.

so dep said...

Thanks for the smart critique. Me & my neighbour had been getting ready to do a little analysis about that. We got a superb e book on that matter from our local library and most books where not as influensive as your information. I'm very glad to see such data which I used to be searching for an extended time.This made very glad! Anyway, in my language, there will not be a lot good source like this.

sim so dep said...

it labored just high-quality? Just wished to bring this to your attention. This is really good blog. I have a bunch myself. I actually admire your design. I know this is off subject however,did you make this design yourself,or buy from someplace? Anyway, in my language, there aren't a lot good source like this.

www.las-palmas-3d.com said...

It can't work as a matter of fact, that is what I consider.

discreto sex shop said...

Gosh, there's a great deal of helpful data in this post!

sim so dep said...

Took me time to learn all the comments, but I actually loved the article. It proved to be very helpful to me and I'm positive to all of the commenters here! It is all the time good when you cannot solely be told, but in addition engaged! I'm certain you had joy scripting this article. Anyway, in my language, there usually are not a lot good source like this.

Sim số đẹp said...

I feel is basically important. I dont know if you happen to didnt suppose that your phrases could maintain everyones attention, however you had been wrong. Anyway, in my language, there aren't a lot good source like this.

Sim 10 so said...

I have been trying to Gain entry to this website for a while. I was using IE then once I tried Firefox, it worked just effective? Simply needed to convey this to your attention. This is actually good blog. I have a bunch myself. I really admire your design. I know that is off matter however,did you make this design your self,or purchase from somewhere? Anyway, in my language, there usually are not much good supply like this.

Sim viettel 10 so said...

Wonderful learn, I simply passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he really bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! Anyway, in my language, there are not much good supply like this.

Sim viettel 10 so said...

Wonderful learn, I simply passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he really bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! Anyway, in my language, there are not much good supply like this.

Sim viettel so dep said...

I've been making an attempt to Gain entry to this web site for a while. I used to be utilizing IE then once I tried bp claims, it labored just effective? Just wanted to bring this to your attention. bp claims is actually good blog. I have a bunch myself. I actually admire your bp claims. I know that is off matter however,did you make this bp claims yourself,or buy from bp claims? Anyway, in my bp claims, there are not much good supply like this bp claims.