Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wellness Wednesday

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Hip replacement surgery is very common.  While the most common reason for this type of surgery is osteoarthritis, often the underlying reason is obesity.  Carrying around that extra weight is hard on our bones and joints thus leading to osteoarthritis and the need for hip surgery.  The New York Times reports that Johnson & Johnson, the maker of hip implants, has determined that their device will fail in 40% of patients within five years.  Further, those patients who are obese are likely to face other complications (such as infection) from the surgery.

While there are many individuals who need the surgery for reasons other than obesity, we should take preventative measures whenever possible.  Better to take preventative measures to avoid the pain and suffering associated with both osteoarthritis and the complications of hip replacement surgery by embarking on and maintaining life-long healthy habits in both your diet and activities.

1 comment:

shoreacres said...

Yes, ma'am! I have a friend I dearly love who's having such problems with her knee post-replacement surgery. If she could take off 25 pounds it would all be going so much better.

And I have to find a way to. stop. eating. so. much. ;)