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Hip replacement surgery gets younger as patients seek out higher quality of life

Hip replacement surgery gets younger as patients seek out higher quality of life

12:22 PM, Jun. 12, 2013
Hip surgery can help sufferers get back into the swing of normal activities, like golf.
Hip surgery can help sufferers get back into the swing of normal activities, like golf.
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Bill Plamann of Appleton knows he will have a new life ahead of him once his hip surgeries are complete.

"My quality of life is going to be really good after now," said Plamann, 47, who was a week away from his second hip replacement surgery. He had his right hip done 10 weeks ago. "I'll take fake parts; I don't care. I used up the old ones."

Plamann is younger than typical hip replacement patients, but doctors are seeing more patients in their 40s and 50s. The causes of hip replacement surgery include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, broken hip and bone tumor. Medical advances in hip ...

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