Dr. Simon Mears, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon at UAMS Health, cautions patients to bear in mind that when it comes to hip and knee implants, newer doesn’t always mean better.
[Dr. Simon Mears, Hip and Knee Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery]
There are a lot of myths in joint replacement and things that — what people think or might seem to make sense — that actually, in practice, don’t. One of these is the temptation for a patient to want the newest and fanciest, most technologically advanced replacement that’s out there. I would urge you that, just because it’s the newest thing — this may be great in some fields, but in joint replacement, it’s usually not the way to go. And I would deal with that with a great deal of skepticism and caution.