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Can hip replacement surgery improve your love life?

April 10, 2013

Whether it's doing chores around the house, exercising or anything in between, arthritis can make even the simplest tasks of senior living painful. The condition can also take a toll on your love life, a fact that was revealed recently by a study that found 57 percent of arthritis patients said it interfered with their sex lives. However, joint replacement surgery - one of the most effective methods at treating arthritis - has proven to help seniors enjoy their intimate moments once more, The New York Times reports.

It should come as no surprise that arthritis can have an impact on your love life. If you're in a constant state of discomfort, it can be hard to focus on anything else but the pain. The topic has become a popular subject among many joint replacement patients. In fact, websites, like those operated by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Claudette Lajam, have an area where prospective patients can read about how the procedure can improve their relationships.

"That page gets the most hits of any page on my website," Lajam told the Times. "There are a lot of people who get back out there, or get closer to their spouse, because they've been unable to participate in that intimacy for a while. Just the relief of pain itself improves the relationship."

The study, the results of which were presented recently at a meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, comes at a time when more and more seniors are electing to have joint replacement surgery. According to USA Today, approximately 1 million people go under the knife for a knee or hip replacement each year, and experts estimate that number will continue to rise as boomers hit retirement age and look to stay active in a wide variety of ways.