What Body Parts are Replaceable

Orthopedic

 

Do you know what is replaceable in your body?

Shoulder

Typically when a person has osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or a complicated fracture, the should joint can be replaced. These typically last between 12 and 20 years.

Elbow

The elbow can be replaced with a prosthesis. The replacement of the elbow tends to have more complications than other joint replacements and usually only lasts up to 10 years.

Wrist

Wrist replacements are very rare and only make up about 1% of all orthopedic surgeries every year.

Hip

The most commonly replaced part of people of 60 is the hip joint. The hip joint connects the femur (largest bone in the body) to the pelvis with a ball and socket joint. The replacement typically lasts 15 to 20 years.

Knee

The knee is by far the most replaced body part with more than double the amount of hip replacement surgeries done every year. You can expect a knee replacement to last from 10 to 15 years.

Ankle

Just like the wrist, an ankle replacement is very rare.

 

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