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How Old Is Too Old for a Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA)?

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If you are 80 years or older, the results of Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA), or replacement, are actually equal to younger patients with some clarifications. Older patients will statistically do just as well as younger patients from the standpoint of hip improvement and outcomes, but there will be a higher risk of staying in the hospital longer.

Some studies have shown increased rates of non-orthopedic complications compared to younger people, but the outcomes have been found to be overall equal and comparable to younger patients. As a surgeon who has performed thousands of joint replacements, I counsel my older patients that age alone is not a reason to deny yourself of a very successful pain-relieving procedure. We now offer minimally invasive, tendon sparing, robotic techniques for THA.

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Dr. Michael Stonnington
Dr. Michael Stonnington

Dr. Stonnington is an accomplished and experienced primary and revision joint replacement surgeon who specializes in robotic joint replacements and minimally invasive, muscle sparing total hip arthroplasties. In addition, he is one of the few orthopedic surgeons in Mississippi proficient in pelvic and acetabular fracture repairs/reconstructions.

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