Researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
in Boston have revealed that the elderly are just as suited for knee or hip
replacements as their younger counterparts.
The study involving 174 patients with an average age of
75 said that elderly suffering from arthritis had even chances of being able to
tolerate the surgical procedures required for replacement.
"Patients age 75 and older took about the same
amount of time to return to regular activities as those aged 65 to 74, with
most patients requiring assistance with activities such as shopping and
household chores for more than a month," the researchers wrote. "None
of these (surgical) patients died, 17 percent had postoperative complications
and 38 percent had pain lasting more than four weeks following surgery."
The details of the study are published in the Archives of