Martha Jefferson HealthWise - January 17

January 17, 2006

More and more younger people are finding themselves in pain and in need of joint replacement surgery. Dr. T.L. Schildwachter from Martha Jefferson Hospital came to the studio to explain these situations.

Although there is no age limit, doctors encourage joint replacements to be postponed for very young patients. The replacement mechanisms usually last at least 20 years, and so this "shelf-life" causes doctors to be cautious.

After surgeries like a knee replacement, patients need to remember to change the way that they do some things in daily life, in order to properly take care of their prosthetics.

For more information on this extensive subject, please click the video link above.

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