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New Online Resource For Patients With Severe Hip Osteoarthritis



20 Aug 2007

As edited by Joint-Pain-Forum.com



DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., announced an advancement in online education for the more than 200,000 Americans who undergo hip replacement each year.1 This extensive patient Web site, http://www.hipreplacement.com, provides hip pain patients with a broad range of resources from mobility assessment tools to surgical options and recovery information, as well as linking to an online discussion group for peer-to-peer support.

"While many sites offer information about osteoarthritis and hip replacement, http://www.hipreplacement.com takes this a step further by helping find information to sort through the decision making process," says Randy Kilburn, director of Hip Marketing at DePuy. "DePuy's goal is to educate, empower, and encourage patients to seek treatment by informing them about orthopaedic solutions and bringing them together with surgeons."

http://www.hipreplacement.com also features extensive information about hip pain treatment options, including the latest advances in hip surgery such as computer-assisted surgery and the Anterior Approach; education about what to expect before, during and after hip replacement surgery; testimonials from patients who have had hip replacement; and an orthopaedic surgeon locator.

About Hip Replacement

The demand for hip replacement is growing rapidly. It is estimated that the number of primary total hip replacements will increase by 174 percent to 572,000 in 2030. The demand for hip revision procedures is projected to double by the year 2026. Overall, total hip revisions are projected to grow by 137 percent between 2005 and 2030.2 This is due in part to the growing number of Baby Boomers with osteoarthritis and the rise in obesity among the population.3

The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level, and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if hip replacement is right for a patient.

To learn more, please visit http://www.hipreplacement.com.






About DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, is advancing the standard of orthopaedic patient care, with a focused commitment to help surgeons achieve excellence in surgical practice. Countless surgeons worldwide rely upon DePuy Orthopaedics every day in their treatment of patients. The company designs, manufactures and distributes orthopaedic devices and supplies including hip, knee, extremity, trauma, cement, orthobiologics, and operating room products. As a global leader in joint replacement products, DePuy Orthopaedics is committed to Restoring the Joy of Motion™ for patients whose mobility is restricted by severe osteoarthritis or other debilitating injury.

References:

1 Data on file at DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

2 "Projections of Primary and Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty in the United States from 2005 to 2030." Steven Kurtz, Kevin Ong, Edmund Lau, Fionna Mowat and Michael Halpern. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American). July 2007;89:780-785.

3 "Total Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery Projections Show Meteoric Rise by 2030. Orthopaedic procedures set to continue gaining widespread acceptance as means to restore quality-of-life," American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Web site: http://www6.aaos.org/news/Pemr/press_release.cfm?PRNumber=442.

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