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HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS BY ALLISON JARMANNING

JOINT IMPROVEMENTS
1 million

Americans have a hip or knee
replaced each year.

States with the most hip
and knee replacements:

CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA
AND TEXAS

90%

of knee replacement
patients experience dramatically
decreased pain along
with considerable
improvement in their ability
to perform daily activities.

50%

States with the fewest
hip and knee replacements:

More than

ALASKA AND HAWAII

7 million

of Americans older
than 60 are affected by
arthritis of the knee.

Americans have an artificial knee
(4.7 million) or hip (2.5 million).

10 -15 YEARS

is the minimum expected life span for
new joints; some make it longer.

Sources: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

RELIEF FOR
WORN OUT KNEES

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either the front portion, including the
kneecap, or just the inner half, both of
which preserve all of the ligaments and
the rest of the knee," says UVA Health
System orthopedic surgeon David
Diduch, MD. "We can now do this as an
outpatient procedure with a small incision, so patients are off crutches in just
a few weeks' time."
Patients who require a full knee replacement also benefit from minimally invasive
approaches, as well as advanced artificial
joint technology that ensures durability
and range of motion, Diduch adds.

WEBSITE

Need a
Surgeon?
Learn more about knee
replacement and meet the
UVA fellowship-trained
orthopedic surgeons who
specialize in joint replacement at uvahealth.com/
knee-replacement.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY THINKSTOCK

Arthritis from the wear and tear of life is
the most common cause of knee pain.
Non-operative treatments are typically
the first approach to manage arthritis
pain and may include injections to relieve
inflammation, braces, physical therapy
and medication.
When these options are no longer
effective, surgery may be necessary. The
type of procedure required will depend
on the location of the arthritis within the
knee joint and the severity.
"In approximately 10 percent of cases,
we can do a partial knee replacement of


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