All of us have probably laughed at that famous line “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”. Sadly, that isn’t a joke for the 1 in 4 people who may develop painful hip arthritis in their lifetime.
Those who suffer with a hip damaged by fracture, arthritis or other conditions know all too well the limitations that painful condition puts on their daily activities. Simple, everyday activities such as putting on socks and shoes, walking, or getting in and out of a car can be difficult, even painful to perform. Even just sitting can be uncomfortable.
Local Expert Interviewed on KOMO Radio
Dr. Christopher Boone of Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians was recently interviewed by KOMO/KVI radio about hip replacement surgery. Dr. Boone attended medical school at the University of Washington and is a fellowship trained Bellevue orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex fracture care as well as disorders of the hip and pelvis.
Hosts Tom Hutyler – radio voice for KOMO and the Mariners – and Shannon O’Kelley -Physical Therapist and President of Integrated Rehabilitation Group – talked with Dr. Boone about total hip anterior approach replacement.
The segment was aired for Health Talk on January 10th and 11th and another will be aired on Sports Medicine Update on KOMO 1000 AM/97.7 FM, Monday Feb 16th between 6:00 am to 9:00 am during the drive time.
Hip Replacement – Why the Growing Need?
The CDC reports that there were 332,000 hip replacement surgeries in 2010. But a recent study by Steven M. Kurtz, PhD presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons said that the demand for total joint replacements will increase dramatically in the next 25 years. Total hip replacements surgeries are expected to jump up 673% with 3.48 million being performed by 2030.
Why such a dramatic increase?
- Joint replacement surgery is gaining in acceptance
- An aging population with arthritis requiring joint replacement
- The increasing prevalence of obesity which puts undue pressure on hip joints
- The trend toward “baby boomers” remaining physically active later in life
Dr. Kurtz explained the dramatic rise by concluding “There are few procedures that return as much quality of life as joint replacement.”
Make sure to listen in to Sports Medicine Update on February 16th during the morning drive time to hear what our local expert Bellevue orthopedic surgeon Dr. Christopher Boone has to say on the subject.