This article was authored by Mr. Nurul Ahad, Clinical Director of Orthopaedic Surgery for Practice Plus Group. With over 15 years of experience in orthopaedic surgery, he is a meticulous, patient-focused surgeon with a proven track record for delivering an excellent quality of service.
Many well-known individuals have opted for knee and hip surgeries to help them say goodbye to pain and discomfort and continue pursuing their passions. Athletes have reclaimed their spots on the field (and on the screen), musicians have continued to delight audiences and actors have stepped back onto the stage.
While it’s true that joint replacement patients do tend to be older, people of all ages are increasingly seeing it as a viable treatment option to help them put an end to joint pain and discomfort. Join us as we take a look at some famous faces you might not realise have gone under the knife.
Jane Fonda has released several fitness programmes over the last few decades – she may be more well-known for these than for her acting roles. Her total knee replacement at the age of 71 (along with a double hip replacement!) hasn’t kept her from the Pilates studio either; since her operation in 2008, she has released several fitness videos, inspiring people to keep active at home.
Arguably the most famous golfer – and one of the most famous sportsmen – of all time, Tiger Woods has suffered more than his fair share of injuries. From strained elbows to shoulder injuries, Tiger has managed to successfully bounce back from all of them – usually marking his recovery with a golfing triumph! In 2007, at the age of 32, he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, necessitating knee replacement surgery. He underwent the procedure just a week after winning the 2008 US Open and has since added to his extensive silverware.
Billy Joel faced a double whammy of hip troubles after years of lively performances. The legendary ‘Piano Man’ had to take a three-year break due to the pain in his joints. He decided to take the plunge into surgery, ensuring he could return to the stage, unburdened by pain and continue delivering his iconic performances. During an interview with US TV host Howard Stern, he japed “I went all-in with a double hip replacement, so now I’m twice as hip as before!”
The iconic Hollywood actress, known for her captivating performances and humanitarian work, faced her own share of joint challenges. In 1990, she underwent a successful hip replacement surgery. Taylor, who had a history of scoliosis, found herself struggling with debilitating hip pain. The surgery not only relieved her pain but allowed her to continue her humanitarian work.
This comedic actor, renowned for his role in ‘The Office (US)’, revealed that he had undergone double hip replacement surgery at the age of 51. Carell had been living with persistent pain resulting from a hockey injury sustained in his younger years.
Tennis sensation Andy Murray is no stranger to pushing his body to the limits. After years of competition and multiple injuries, including hip problems, Murray opted for a hip resurfacing surgery that breathed new life into his career. This remarkable comeback story saw him return to competitive tennis, defying the odds and inspiring fans worldwide.
Perhaps most well-known for his stint as the man behind Darth Vader’s iconic black suit and mask, David Prowse was also a decorated weightlifter. He won three British weightlifting championships before becoming a personal trainer, where his star-studded client list featured Hollywood heavyweights such as Superman himself, Christopher Reeve. After suffering from long-term knee pain, Prowse finally went under the knife at the age of 74 and, following his successful operation, continued to attend Star Wars conventions around the world.
These individuals remind us that knee and hip replacements are more than just medical procedures; they can offer second chances at a pain-free, active life. Whilst the prospect of going under the knife can be daunting, these stories demonstrate the life-changing impacts these surgeries can make at any stage of your life.
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