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New technique could eliminate hip replacement surgeries in young trauma patients

A novel surgery using transplanted bone and cartilage may help young patients avoid a hip replacement after a specific traumatic injury to the hip joint, according to a case study by orthopedic trauma specialists at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The study appears in the February issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

“This novel technique can help young patients to delay, or even possibly avoid altogether, the need for a total hip replacement,” said David L. Helfet, M.D., director of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at Hospital for Special Surgery. Hip replacements typically last 20 to 25 years, so a younger person who undergoes a hip replacement is likely to need multiple hip replacement surgeries/revisions in the span of his or her lifetime. Only one similar case report was found in the literature at the time of preparation of the present manuscript. This case was also a success, and doctors say the studies provide encouragement to clinicians that this type of surgery can be of benefit to other patients with similar injuries.

via New technique could eliminate hip replacement surgeries in young trauma patients.

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Young Adult Hip Service | Hip Program For Patients Age 18-55

The young adult hip service at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University is a unique, comprehensive hip program for patients age 18 to 55. Washington University orthopedic specialists offer expert diagnosis and innovative treatments that get younger patients back to a healthy, active lifestyle.

The goals of the young adult hip service are to:

Accurately diagnose hip disorders

Present all available treatment options, including nonsurgical and surgical hip procedures

Provide the highest level of care to patients with hip conditions

Improve patients’ overall health and activity levels by repairing hip problems and reducing pain

via Young Adult Hip Service | Hip Program For Patients Age 18-55 – Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Hip Replacements for Younger Patients

Two large, new studies being presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), in New Orleans, are offering new information on the best hip replacement options for younger patients with worn-out hips.

Total hip replacements have been performed on older patients for long enough now that doctors say the results are usually predictable, but less is known about the best ways to replace hip joints in patients who are younger, a group that is increasingly driving demand for these procedures.

In fact, one 2009 study projected that people younger than age 65 could account for more than half of all hip replacement patients as early as next year.

via Hip Replacements Younger Patients | Joint Replacement | Arthritis Today Magazine.