CHAPTER TWELVE 12

Healing with Steel

When the pain and functional disability of arthritis are causing a daily decline in the quality of life of one of my patients, we discuss total joint replacement. Many people cringe when they hear those words. However, we are talking about replacing parts of your body that no longer serve you with parts that will. It may be a little hard to grasp when you first think about it, but we want to make you a little “bionic,” like the Six Million Dollar Man.

Today, doctors are capable of replacing many joints in the body, from your knuckles to your ankles, but the knees and hips are the most commonly replaced joints. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimates that between now and the year 2030, there ...

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