Quality of Life Improves After Hip Replacement Surgery
More older adults are undergoing total hip replacements, and they seem to be faring better afterward, research finds. The operation—which involves replacing both the top of the leg bone, called the femur, and its socket—is performed in order to restore movement to the hips due to damage from arthritis, bone disease, or injury. When researchers gave a questionnaire to 188 people (average age 69) before and after the procedure, they learned that the operation appears to improve quality of life. Scores for questions about mental and social health, plus physical functioning, all improved after a year and remained significantly better after five years than prior to the surgery.
Source: Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, published online March 15, 2017