The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) recently revealed the number of people over 75 years of age, undergoing hip replacement surgery, had increased by 92% over the last decade.
As modern medicine advances, surgery is offering seniors in home care in Greensboro, NC the prospect of a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Of course, as with any surgery, the idea of going under the knife can be daunting, so it’s important to weigh possible alternatives before going full speed ahead.
Phil Stringer, the owner of the in-home care provider, Always Best Care, has seen first-hand how big a difference the surgery can make to the life of a senior. Deciding whether it’s the right choice for your loved one, however, requires thinking about a number of factors, many of which Stringer has been kind enough to detail below.
Hip replacement surgery should only be considered if your loved one’s current condition is causing a noticeable difference in their quality of life. Some things to look for include:
- Discomfort when doing daily chores
- A significant reduction in the amount of time they can spend on their feet
- A decreased range of motion
- Pain or stiffness in the joints that affects their quality of sleep
Things to Consider
The recovery time from hip replacement surgery varies from patient to patient, although it can take up to six months for a full recovery. During this time, a person will be required to undergo rehabilitation and will need additional care and support.
If you’re worried about the possible downtime a senior may face after surgery, there are a number of alternative treatments to consider beforehand.
Physical therapy and specialized exercise programs can help strengthen the muscles around the hip joints and reduce the amount of weight put on the hip.
A doctor may be able to prescribe medication to your loved one that also helps reduce symptoms of pain, while the use of a walking aid could help reduce the amount of stress put on their joints.
Waiting too long to pursue any form of treatment could result in your loved one causing irreparable damage. This could also impact their recovery time, should they decide to choose surgery as an option in the future.