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Future implications of the increase in middle-aged hip replacements

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

Modern total hip replacement (THR) was first performed in the early 1960s, and the surgeon who pioneered the procedure was honored with knighthood by the Queen of England. Since then, joint replacement surgeries have been remarkably successful in improving patients' quality of life. In fact, there has been a significant positive impact on health and quality of life that total joint replacement surgeries have made since the era of total joint replacement began in 1969 — the year that Mayo Clinic became the first in the United States to perform THRs. more

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