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Even royals need joint surgery

There are many factors that decide whether or not an individual will need a joint replacement in his or her lifetime. Genetics play a role. Lifestyle factors play a part. And even gender and age can make a difference. Still, it seems abundantly clear that joints don’t discriminate. You can be young and at the top of your game and still tear your meniscus. You can take a lifetime of precautions and still fall victim to arthritis and its painful effects on your hips. You can even be an internationally recognized royal and still need a hip procedure. That’s the situation the Duke of Edinburgh found himself in this past April.

According to the Guardian, Prince Philip, 96, underwent a planned procedure after suffering with a hip problem for about a month. As reported in the article, Buckingham Palace noted it was a success:

“Buckingham Palace said in a short statement: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh has undergone a successful hip replacement operation. He is progressing satisfactorily at this early stage. His Royal Highness is likely to remain in hospital for several days. He is comfortable and in good spirits.’”

Such a procedure is not uncommon in the royal family. As reported, the late Queen Mother underwent two successful hip operations in the 1990s, the first at the age of 95 and the second when she was 97.

The good news is that whether you are royalty or just an average New Yorker, there are great options for getting your joints back to an ideal state.

For moderate conditions, partial joint replacements or even targeted repairs are an ideal choice. These procedures focus on repairing, rather than entirely removing, damage. In a knee joint preservation surgery, for example, the strategies to preserve the joint focus on repairing the mechanical balance of the joint forces to avoid concentrated loads. In partial joint replacements, we focus on the preservation of key ligaments, which preserves optimal balancing and function to the joint.

With more advanced cases, a total joint replacement, like Prince Phillip had, might be needed. During a knee surgery, the worn out cartilage cap at the end of the bones forming the knee are trimmed and chamfered to allow for insertion of a metallic cap and tray articulating with one another through a highly resistant low-friction plastic cartridge insert. A hip replacement is similar, and there are several advanced options for making it happen, including the direct anterior approach, the super PATH approach, and the northern/superior approach. In all of these methods, we use robotics and the latest advances to give you the best results possible with minimal scarring and reduced recovery time.

Regardless of the procedure we deem best for your situation, physical therapy will be key to a full recovery, and we’ll connect you with the professionals you need to stay on track and be back to your best self as quickly as possible.

If you’re considering a joint surgery, we want to help. Reach out today to get more information and better understand your options for care.

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