Hip Resurfacing and Total Hip Replacement at Hips for YouPosted on by pwalter
chronological age is not an absolute criteria. The physiological
age, bone marrow density and the anticipated post surgery
activity level of the patients are the deciding factors for the
suitability of resurfacing procedure. X-rays must be reviewed by
the surgeon to assess technical suitability. The youngest
patient to undergo this procedure by Dr. Bose is 14 years old.
The oldest male patient was 73 years old and the oldest female
patient was 70 years old.
Thomas P. Schmalzried, M.D.“I have resurfaced women in
their 60’s and men in their 70’s. Age is not the salient
criteria – but a surrogate for bone density and life expectancy
on a population basis. Each patient has to be evaluated
individually to assess the benefit-to-risk ratio of resurfacing
v. THR for them.”
Most people use about 55 – 60
years as an age limit for surgery, however we just had a paper
accepted for resurfacings on patients greater than 60 years and
they did just as well as their younger counterparts. Age is a
relative thing and this is a controversial topic.