It is not uncommon to see younger patients opting for joint replacement surgery while they are still in the physical condition to truly improve their physical function. Designing unique recovery and strengthening plans for these younger patients can be critical to their long-term, post surgery success.

By MARY JACOBS / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Joint replacement was once the surgery of last resort for elderly folks who’d otherwise end up bedridden. Not anymore. …”It’s not unusual for a 50-year-old to get joint replacement surgery these days,” says Dr. Clinton Bell, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Methodist Health System in Dallas. “Fifteen years ago, that was not the norm at all.”