Better than Ever

The value of modern joint replacement surgery

You only buy shoes in your size, of course. But there was a time when joint replacements came in only a few sizes, so the fit might have been less than perfect. Fortunately, that’s changed. Today, joint replacements are customized by size and gender, making them perform better and last longer. “Computer programming and mapping is used to get a perfect fit for patients,” says Karen M. Sutton, MD, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. “If you can get a perfect fit, then the forces that go through them will be a lot less.”

While modern joint replacement surgery can provide great results, it’s only the beginning. “It requires about 50 percent from the surgeon, and 50 percent rehabilitation and following instructions from the patient,” Sutton says. “It’s really important to go into any injury or prevention strategy knowing that there is some work involved, whether it’s meeting with a nutritionist, a physical therapist, or a strength and conditioning coach. It takes a lot to make these joints healthy.”


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