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Forum Name: Joint surgery

Question: Hip Replacement for 80 yr old mom


 hippie - Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:26 pm

My mom has osteoarthritis in her hip. She is 80 years old. She walks with a cane and complains of pain and stiffness. Her orthopedic surgeon recommended a hip replacement. I'm not so sure that it is a good idea for someone her age. Her health is ok, but I'm afraid that the recovery period would be difficult for her. She lives alone, in a walk up apartment. She can get around with her cane slowly, but complains about the pain. I think she may end up worse undergoing surgery such as this. Any ideas?

Thanks.
 Tiger1440 - Mon Sep 12, 2005 8:00 pm

This would be a difficult surgery for someone of her age. However, once she has had the surgery she will most likely be able to walk around much better and with a great deal less pain. Normally after a surgery of this kind, someone of her age is sent to an assisted rehab facility until they are able to function on their own. When she finishes rehab there is a very good chance that she would walk better than she has walked in a long time, and without the pain. The risks that she would run are throwing a blood clot or gaining an infection at the surgical site. These risks are minimal but they can happen.

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