At what age do most people consider joint replacement to treat joint pain?
The attitude in the past was to delay joint replacement surgery for people in their 40s and 50s; they were considered too young. Now there is a cautious willingness for joint replacements in younger patients, understanding that revision (replacement of the artificial joint) will likely be necessary in the future as the artificial components wear out. The youngest patient I’ve treated with joint replacement was 28 and I’ve treated more than a dozen in their 30’s. Patients may no longer have to suffer through their younger active family years waiting for joint replacement.