New Forum Users: a word of caution

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A word of caution:

This is a message to those who are new to internet forums and who might take the personal accounts on BoneSmart as representative of the joint replacement experience as a whole. A member once mentioned that it seemed like the good and bad experiences were about 50-50. This is untrue!!

Forums like BoneSmart get a disproportionate number of people with problems registering as those whose recoveries go smoothly have no need to seek information and support. They might post pre-op to ask questions and get help or reassurance in the beginning. But if things go as they should afterwards, then they're off and getting on with their lives which is exactly as it should be.

Therefore, please don't be discouraged by the number of problems that seem to be represented here.

Statistics are
As of August 2017 we had
23,857 members.
A mere 4,300 had visited the forum during the previous twelve months.
Overall, that meant just 43% of the total registered were currently posting not including 1,200 who have never posted!


Compare that with these statistics for knee and hip replacements in the United States and Great Britain alone....

US:
285,000 hip replacements
600,000 knee replacements
were carried out in 2012 according to data from various sources


UK:
63,473 hip replacements
65,955 knee replacements
were recorded in the National Joint Registry Stats Online published July 2013


So a very rough total of joint replacements per annum is 987,428 meaning that
even our entire membership only represents 0.1% of just the UK/US communities.


Kinda puts it all in perspective, don't you think?
 

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