Until recent years, surgeons performed artificial hip surgery almost exclusively on patients 60 years old and up. Once considered a last resort, hip-implant surgery used to be postponed as long as possible for two reasons. First, older patients generally put less wear and tear on hip implants because they are less active, so the artificial hips should last longer. Secondly, the earlier in life a patient receives artificial hips, the more likely he will need future “revision” surgeries to replace the implants because the devices wear out over time. Most artificial hips have a life expectancy somewhere between 15 and ... Read More
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