:Cases of joint replacement surgeries have been on the rise, and this does not paint a good picture of the current population. Many people are looking for surgeries because of many reasons. For instance, there are those who want t remove damaged parts while others are suffering from a wide variety of diseases. There are also those who want surgeries because of injuries resulting from accidents and many other causes. This situation worries Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, and he sought to know about its impact.
More young people are affected
Traditionally, joint replacements were associated with the old. After many years in this world and lots of activities, their joints get worn out and therefore, they cannot be treated anymore. Such people have been through various treatments to ease pain and so, what is left is a replacement surgery. However, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum says that according to many studies, this condition is now affecting younger people. The average age of victims drops every years, and this is something that should have the medical fraternity worried. He says that some of the reasons that lead to the drop in average age are lifestyles and modern diseases.
Some changes in joint replacement surgery procedures
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum says that there are many changes taking place in the joint replacement procedures. Those who did it several years ago used crude methods. In 1890s for example, the doctors did not have the kinds of equipments that we have today. In addition to that, they did not have effective ways to identify damaged parts. Therefore, whenever they replaced joints, the victim had to spend a long time to recover. Things have however changed and so, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum says that it is now possible to walk into an outpatient clinic and have your joint replaced.
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum knew that he had a passion for the medical profession at a young age. That is the reason he joined the Albert Einstein School of Medicine after graduating from Brown University. He has studies at several other medical schools. Today, he is the director of orthopedics at one of New York’s best health facilities; Bronxcare Health Systems.
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