What kinds of activities can cause a joint replacement to fail?

Dr. William A. Leone, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Even though joint replacement surgeries have improved markedly, surgeons still recommend that patients avoid activities with a lot of repetitive impact such distance running, for the rest of their lives after surgery.

Many times the new joint itself may feel so natural that it does not physically restrict people. Mentally, though, they need to understand the material limits and therefore set limits for themselves. Historically, very young men have done poorly after a hip or knee replacement because the new joint failed relatively early.

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