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For men and women over age 80, hip replacement surgery may still be a viable option, according to a study published in the December 2007 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Patients 80 and older are experiencing success with hip replacements comparable to those of their younger counterparts.
More than 234,000 total hip replacements (also known as hip arthroplasties) are performed in the U.S. each year; this number has increased dramatically in the last decade.
The study compared patients 80 years old and above with those who were 70 years old and below. Results showed that at the time of the surgery, patients in the 80-year-old group had similar strength and function in the replaced hip(s) as did the patients who were 70 years or younger.
"Many older people who could benefit from hip arthroplasty choose not to have the surgery because of their age," says Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS, one of the study's authors. Dr. Parvizi is director of clinical research and an associate professor at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. "This study shows that people in their 80s can look forward to an excellent surgical outcome and therefore have a much improved quality of life."
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