Age not a factor in success of shoulder replacement surgery

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Joint replacement surgery is a common treatment for severe arthritis. Hip replacement and knee replacement are the most frequently joint replacements. These surgeries are most often done in patients between the ages of 55 to 80, but they can be performed in patients who are in their 80s and 90s. Is there an age limit for these procedures? Well, the answer is that there actually is no age limit to have a joint replacement surgery.

Key Takeaways:

  • Whether someone is younger than 65 or older than 75, age may not be a discernible factor in the success of shoulder replacement surgery, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.
  • Researchers theorize that the older patients had greater improvement simply because they had worse shoulder function before surgery.
  • “Much like we saw with hip and knee replacements, we are seeing an increased trend in shoulder replacement surgery”

“An estimated 53,000 people undergo shoulder replacement surgery each year due in large part to the “wear and tear” type of arthritis called osteoarthritis.”

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