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Retiring? There’s never been a better time for a joint surgery

Retirement from your career brings a lot of changes, both exciting and overwhelming. Finally, you’ll be able to dictate your days as you see fit. No more waking up early or scheduling fun around your 9-to-5 job. You’ll have plenty of time to travel, pick up a leisurely game of golf, meet up with friends and family, and just simply relax with a good book or TV show. No matter what plans you have, it’s best if you can face them with good health and a great attitude.

Sometimes, I meet New Yorkers who are ready to retire but struggling with damaged or otherwise debilitating joint issues. This can put a stymie on the happiness that comes with retiring, and I always encourage them to receive joint treatments so that they can better enjoy their new stage of life. For some, this might mean removing damage from hips and knees and replacing them with a totally new joint. For others, it might be a partial replacement or other type of minimal surgery to get things back to how they should be. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are a few reasons I suggest you treat it sooner rather than later.

Bad joints slow you down

It’s no secret that arthritic and otherwise damaged hips and knees hurt. In fact, they often hurt continuously. This kind of constant aching can keep you from doing the things you love at the rate you want. For example, have you ever had to quit playing with your grandkids or skip an outing due to pain? Do you schedule your trips around when you think it will “flair up?” In these situations, you’re living with severe damage that slows you down.

It unlikely to get better on its own

Some individuals put off joint procedures because they think their bodies will heal themselves or that they will find a solution without a professional care. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. Some medications, injections, and physical therapy can be helpful for improving bad joints, but once they have an issue, it’s unlikely to ever resolve without assistance. The best way to take care of it is to confront it head on with a proper evaluation and insight from a trained doctor. You might even be surprised by your options!

They aren’t as scary as they once were

If you’ve heard stories from individuals who had a joint replacement decades or even just a few years ago, they might have scary stories about how much it hurt, how long it took to heal, and even how little it helped. Sometimes, a joint replacement doesn’t go as planned (that’s why repairs are an option!), but the risk of something going wrong was much more likely in the past compared to today. With advances in technology, we have developed methods that require less recovery time and less scarring. Additionally, the implementation of robotics has made procedures more accurate and reliable than they used to be, so you can trust that we will work carefully to maintain as much of your original muscle as possible while adjusting or improving your situation.

You’ve earned it

You’ve worked hard your whole life, sometimes sacrificing your personal ones along the way. In your retirement, it’s time to think about what’s best for yourself.

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