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Free joint replacement seminar offered by Methodist Hospital Sugar Land

Shown is Carl Hicks, M.D., Joint Reconstructive Surgeon.

Joint replacement is one of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed today, with the hip and knee being the most frequently replaced joints. In fact, knee replacements have doubled in the past decade, and not just among the elderly.

Joint replacement may not be the best solution for everyone. Many factors will determine whether trading in your aching joint for a stronger, better, faster replacement is the right step for you.

“Joint deterioration has a number of causes,” says Carl Hicks, M.D., board certified joint reconstructive surgeon with Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST). “Injuries, autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and the general wear and tear that occur over time may all take a toll on the body’s joints, causing pain and inhibiting motion.”

“The severity of your condition will likely be a significant factor in the decision to have joint replacement surgery,” he said.

Alternatives to surgery

Depending on the cause of your joint pain, medications, physical therapy or aids such as a brace may be effective treatment options.

Your age

Little research has been done on the long-term effectiveness of joint replacement for a younger, more physically active generation. Prosthetic joints typically last only 10 to 15 years, making younger candidates more likely to need additional surgeries.

Your general health

Certain diseases, such as high blood pressure or heart and lung disease increase the risks associated with surgery. Osteoporosis and bone or joint deformity may affect joint replacement success.

Your weight

Obesity can prolong recovery and affect the durability of the new joint.

Free seminar

Join us for a free Joint Replacement Seminar presented by Dr. Carl Hicks. April 25, 6:00 p.m. at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center. There will be refreshments and door prizes for attendees. Call 281-274-7500 or email to reserve a seat.

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