FAQs: Dr. Courtland Lewis

Dr. Courtland Lewis, physician in chief of the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital, answers a few of your questions amid an increase in the number of joint replacements in Connecticut:

Q: Isn’t joiCourtland Lewis Bone & Jointnt replacement just for older people?

A: The average age for hip replacement surgery used to be 66 or 67 and that has since fallen to 63/64.

Q: Why the shift?

A: Baby boomers are leading more active lifestyles and show no signs of reducing their activity level. So, when they keep going at this steady, active pace, the joints just give in much quicker. We are also seeing more obese patients with joint-related issues.

Q: What will the new Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital offer patients?

A: Along with total joint replacements and level-one trauma, we will perform spine, hand, foot
and ankle, as well as sports-related, procedures. Outpatient surgery will be performed in a new
ambulatory surgery center. Another big component is that we will be working with the Hartford
HealthCare Rehabilitation Network to create a sports and fitness center to help people who are
developing early onset arthritis.

Q: What other services can patients expect to see?

A: We will create a strong rheumatology presence and work on optimizing care for patients with osteoporosis. We’ll also be working on a metabolic bone-disease program for patients suffering from difficult forms of osteoporosis.

Q: Can we expect more in the future?

A: This is just the tip of the iceberg. We are going to have a lot of patients to care for in the future and we are going to have the right facilities to accommodate them.

The Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital opened Jan. 9, 2017.