Omaha, NE - When you think of someone getting a knee or hip replacement, you probably picture someone much older than a man in his thirties. But doctors say more people are getting replacements at a younger age.
They attribute that to a greater number of people wanting to live healthy lives longer. Not to mention the parts used for replacements now last longer. In the past they lasted 10 to 15 years. Now hip replacement parts can last about 25 years.
SMSgt Frederick Gill is an in shape, lifetime military man. The 38-year-old didn't have a history of arthritis, however, he started noticing his hip was causing him pain during daily activities.
"I had pretty severe arthritis on my left side, and I think my doctor said I had a hip of a 50-year-old man," SMSgt Gill said.
The father of two worried about his future and being able to be active with his kids so he opted for a hip replacement.
Dr. Beau Konigsberg at the University of Nebraska Medical Center says the need for replacements often comes down to quality of life, "usually I tell patients, when their pain limits their activities, they're not able to do the things they enjoy doing or things they have to do for work, it's time for a hip replacement."
SMSgt Gill had the procedure less than a year ago. He has some restrictions to his activities but he's able to do work out and do a lot of the things he did before his surgery but with much less pain. "I have absolutely no regrets and I would do it again just because like I said I have that time back with my kids."
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