Golfing with Artificial Joints -- 'Medical Specialists Munich' Offers New Minimally Invasive Innovative Arthroscopic Operation

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Playing golf well into old age is now possible with the use of artificial joints, all the while without raising your handicap. Professor Christoph A. Lill, MD, PhD, a member of the Medical Specialists Munich, illustrates by studies that minimally invasive replacement of the knee or hip helps to play golf at high level or even to achieve a higher one.

Playing golf is especially good for cardiovascular fitness and we recommend that golf be played even after the insertion of an artificial joint.

Orthopaedic surgeon Professor Christoph A. Lill, MD, PhD is a member of the Medical Specialists Munich and an international specialist for innovative arthroscopic operations, including minimally invasive joint replacement of the knee and hip, foot surgery and orthopaedic stem cell therapy.

Professor Lill’s patients include numerous golfers, some of whom are beginning to experience joint problems as they reach an older age. It should be noted that over 50% of the members of the Deutscher Golf Verband (German Golf Association) are older than 55. The proportion of older golfers in the association is also steadily rising, which in turn means that the number of golfers looking to continue playing golf with the aid of artificial knees and hips is also rising. Patients who experience pain from arthritis in their knees and hips hope that their golf game can continue pain-free and remain at a high level, or even achieve a higher one, after receiving a knee or hip replacement.

Golf is considered by Professor Lill to be a low-impact sport and therefore unproblematic for patients with artificial knee and hip joints. Several studies have shown that approximately half of the golfers who underwent joint replacement surgery were back to playing golf within six months of their operation. More than 80% of the patients also went on to ultimately play as much golf, or even more, than during the period before surgery. After surgery, only 50% of the golfers continued to use golf carts while playing a round of golf. The studies also showed there to be no difference between the results for men and women. It was also shown that 60% of the patients were able to maintain the same handicap that they had before the operation and 10% of the patients were even able to achieve a lower one.

The medical experts at the Medical Specialists Munich have joined together to offer their patients highly qualified and competent know-how from a single source. The Doctors of the MSM have been successfully working within their fields for years and keep up to date with ongoing further training at the highest medical level. They all fulfil the high standards set out by German law. With our locations in the heart of Munich we are easy for you to reach, and we invite you to get to know the MSM medical expert of your choice and to arrange a consultation and examination with him.


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