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What are the risks for knee replacement at age 80 ?

By July 10, 2014 - 5:07pm
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for a female that is in good shape and on blood pressure medicine, are there any risks for a knee replacement at an older age (say, 80 years?)

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Hi Lauren

Thanks for your post! 

I've had several elderly relatives have hip replacements and fortunately all has been well. Is your relative getting a partial or full replacement, do you know?

The good part is that your relative is in good health. 

But there are risks to every surgery. They include:


Complications from anesthesia


Heart Attack

Blood clots

For an elderly person, these risk factors are increased, simply because they are not as strong, have lowered immune systems and recovery can take longer. 

An elderly person needs to make sure he or she has plenty of support before, during and after surgery (they may be in hospital for up to 5 days) as they will not be able to move well. They may also needs frequent rides to see their surgeon or for physical therapy. 

Read all about knee replacements here: 




July 14, 2014 - 9:51am
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