The most recent U.S. Census data reported Americans who are at least 85 years old are the fastest-growing population. With such an increase, physicians are also reporting a surge of hip and knee replacements surgeries among this group.
“Based on the results of this study, I think very elderly patients, particularly those with few or no comorbidities, should strongly consider the benefits of these procedures,” said lead study author Hiroyuki Yoshihara, MD, PhD, an orthopaedic surgeon at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center and Nassau University Medical Center.
No matter what age, all patients should undergo a pre-surgery evaluation to be sure they are good candidates for the procedure. And the healthier a patient is before surgery, the more likely he or she will have better outcomes and/or recover quicker.
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