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Is 83 too high of an age for a hip replacement?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

Hip replacement usually for arthritis which is more common in people in their 80s.
Age is less important than general health. Many articles have been written describing excellent results in patients up into their 90s. You should have a cardiology evasluation, but if you are in good health and unable to do what you want to do because of hip pain, then hip replacement is reasonable.

In brief: No

Hip replacement usually for arthritis which is more common in people in their 80s.
Age is less important than general health. Many articles have been written describing excellent results in patients up into their 90s. You should have a cardiology evasluation, but if you are in good health and unable to do what you want to do because of hip pain, then hip replacement is reasonable.
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Dr. Scott Russinoff
Health is more important than age. Hip replacement surgery is for quality of life improvement.
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Physiologic age (how you feel) is more important than chronologic (birth date) age.
When counseling patients about joint replacement surgery, one has to consider one's overall health and expectations for surgery. So, if the patient is healthy, active (or wants to remain active) and is limited by arthritis of the hip, a patient could be a surgical candidate at any age.

In brief: No

Physiologic age (how you feel) is more important than chronologic (birth date) age.
When counseling patients about joint replacement surgery, one has to consider one's overall health and expectations for surgery. So, if the patient is healthy, active (or wants to remain active) and is limited by arthritis of the hip, a patient could be a surgical candidate at any age.
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
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Dr. Jc Alvarez
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
2 doctors agree

In brief: Age and hip

Not necessarily. We do hip replacements all the time on pts in their 80s.
What matters is the pt's overall health not so much their chronological age.

In brief: Age and hip

Not necessarily. We do hip replacements all the time on pts in their 80s.
What matters is the pt's overall health not so much their chronological age.
Dr. Jc Alvarez
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

This is a common age for hip replacement.

In brief: No

This is a common age for hip replacement.
Dr. Barry Waldman
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Dr. G Jason Hunt
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Age 83 is certainly not too old for a hip replacement.
If you are in good overall health and hip arthritis is affecting your daily activities in regards to pain or mobility you could be a candidate for hip replacement.

In brief: No

Age 83 is certainly not too old for a hip replacement.
If you are in good overall health and hip arthritis is affecting your daily activities in regards to pain or mobility you could be a candidate for hip replacement.
Dr. G Jason Hunt
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: No

General health and pre-replacement physical condition are much more important than age.
The reason for not waiting too long to do a hip replacement is that a debilitated patient will have a poorer outcome.

In brief: No

General health and pre-replacement physical condition are much more important than age.
The reason for not waiting too long to do a hip replacement is that a debilitated patient will have a poorer outcome.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
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