A hip replacement is needed in situations where a person has fallen or somehow damaged their hip joint. The pain, stress, and stiffness of movement associated with hip injuries is eliminated in getting an artificial joint. If your senior loved one has gone through or is going to go through a hip replacement, you should know more about it. Helping an elderly person continue to enjoy their daily activities before and after a hip replacement can be a challenge.
Reasons for Getting a Hip Replacement
Not surprisingly, the most common situation that leads to a senior getting their hip replaced is suffering from osteoarthritis. This happens when the cartilage covering the ends of their bones starts to break down and then the bone joints are rubbing together. A lot of pain and stiffness can be felt from this. It’s recommended for your elderly mother or father to have their hip replaced if the pain interferes with daily life, especially if other treatments haven’t been effective. You can talk about other treatments with your senior parent’s doctor, such as:
- Using walking aids like canes or walkers
- Doing exercises that will strengthen muscles around your hip
- Medications to relieve the pain
- Considering Surgery for a Hip Replacement
Make sure your mother or father is seriously considering whether they should go ahead with the hip replacement. This will permanently change their body and their life. Talk with other family members as well as your parent’s doctor in depth. Your parent can get evaluated with an orthopedic surgeon to find out more about their individual situation and what would be best. There are so many factors that can influence the recommendation of the surgeon. It’s often more about pain, disability and overall health than about age. Even though most people who get a hip replacement are age 60 to 80, even people younger than that are turning to surgery.
People who have better general health are better candidates for a hip replacement. If your elderly parent has Parkinson’s disease or anything causing severe muscle weakness, the recovery may be much slower. This is a topic you’ll have to discuss with your loved one’s doctor.
After the Hip Replacement
There are many things you can do to help your parent recover. After a major surgery like this, it’s important to make sure your senior loved one heals well and can return easily to normal life. Here’s a list you can use:
- Avoid future falls by making house pathways clear and having adequate lighting
- Promote overall health by eating a well, balanced diet
- Hire a senior care service to get help with caring for your parent
- Make sure your elderly parent gets enough sleep
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Fairfield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at (203) 304-7303.