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Health Matters - Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries Increase - Erika Kurre

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NASHVILLE, TN - An increase in those opting for new joints.. is leading to renovations at local healthcare facilities.
   
Fox 17's Erika Kurre tells us the most common replacements are hips and knees.
   
But it's not all a walk in the park.

In tonight's Health Matters, Nancy Mullis describes the crippling feeling she had a year and a half ago, before she opted for a partial knee replacement in June 2012.

In her early 50's, she's among an increasing number of people who are wanting the surgery earlier.

This, combined with baby boomers growing older, has helped lead to a 20-percent increase of orthopaedic patients at Tristar Summit Medical Center alone.

More than a hundred additonal patients there from 2012 to 2013 is leading to an expansion.

An additional wing will be dedicated to these patients in rehab.

Dr. Christopher Cook is a surgeon with advanced ortho and spine and says osteoarthritis is the most common cause for needing the surgery.

Other factors also contribute like injuries, obesity and physical activity.

Mullis, a basketball coach and former player, says the pain and recovery of her replacement surgery weren't near as bad as the pain she struggled with beforehand.

Dr. Cook says most people are up walking the day of-- or after-- surgery.
   
But total joint replacement takes about a year to fully recover, when the prosthetics feel like your own.