As I gear up for Hip Replacement #2, my sister sent this funny comic to me.
I heard that something like a million joint replacements are now done in the U.S. every year.
And these procedures are expected to increase precipitously with projections by 2030 of:
- 3.48 million knee replacements (a factor of almost 7 times)
- 572,000 hip replacements (an almost 2-fold increase)
This also means that revision surgeries will start to rise rapidly as replacements wear out or are in need of replacement themselves.
Thank G-d that they have these procedures to help people--I don't know how people lived with the incessant pain and degenerative mobility even a generation ago.
What's it like to have a body part inserted to augment your own?
Just ask this horse! ;-)