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I got my hip replaced at 39. Here’s why that might get more common.

Popular Science reporter Rob Verger writes about his own hip replacement at 39 years old. He explains that while he’s on the younger side, he’s one of hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. who receive a total hip replacement each year.

With important improvements in both materials and operative techniques in the past decades, there are still opportunities to perfect the procedure. Michael M. Alexiades, MD, hip and knee surgeon at HSS, explains that researchers are working to combat the risk of infection with different strategies including "coating the implant with an antibiotic that’s bonded to the metal". According to Dr. Alexiades, this tactic is still in very early stages.

Read the full article at Popsci.com