A few months back in our article about the potential effects of falls on the elderly, we discussed the dismal statistics associated with seniors who experience hip injuries. Fifty percent of them will fall again within six months. There is, however, light in the tunnel. If a fall results in a damaged or broken hip, replacement surgery is more successful than ever, allowing seniors to return to higher-quality living at a faster rate.
US News and World Report explains that for a typical 80 or 90-year-old, a broken hip isn’t the kind of bone that would heal on its own. They suggest that in the event of a fracture, hip replacement is a pretty good option, because patients can walk the very next day after surgery. When we consider the high mortality rate of broken hip victims who do not opt for surgery, the statement becomes even more potent.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people over 75 – even over 90 – are undergoing the surgical procedure than ever, with positive results – though older patients may take longer to fully heal.
Hip replacement is not only an option for those with broken bones, nor for just the elderly. Osteoarthritis affects the hip joints of many as early as in their 40’s. While not necessarily life-threatening, it is a painful inflammatory condition that limits mobility and dramatically lessens quality of life. For people of all ages with severe cases of the disease, hip replacement has proven to be a lifesaver.
While surgery is a serious matter, it is comforting to know that the success rate of hip replacement surgery is among the highest of operations performed on seniors. If your elderly parent becomes a candidate, be sure to perform thorough research on the procedure and meet with their physician to learn how to assure them the speediest recovery possible.
There is so much to think about when entering the later stages of life. If you are considering elder care options, we at 805Aging can help. Our professional staff specializes in assisting you to choose the right kind of care for your loved one.
We conduct regular check-ins when you are unable to do so. 805Aging also provides oversight and detailed feedback to the family to keep your loved one safe and well-cared for day or night, weekday or weekend, holiday and every day.
We have the resources. We can hold your hand. We can guide you. Your peace of mind is our main goal, and is well assured. To find out more, call us at 805-750-4755 or visit our website and sign up for our monthly newsletter: www.805Aging.com.
There is no manual on how to take care of your parents as they age. They had a baby book when you were young. You have us. -Amy