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How long will my hip or knee replacement last?

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing For people considering hip or knee replacement surgery, itís something they want ó and need ó to know. In the US alone, surgeons perform more than 600,000 knee replacements and about 330,000 hip replacements each year. These operations can provide a major improvement in quality of life and function for those with severe arthritis. On the other hand, there are risks associated with the…

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