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OCTOGENARIANS NOT TOO OLD FOR KNEE REPLACEMENT

Patients in their eighties can benefit from knee replacement surgery once thought too risky for the very elderly. In the study presented in 2009 at the meeting of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons patients over the age of 80 were studied who underwent total knee replacement.

After assessing measurements for pain, social functioning, vitality and physical functioning, research found all scores had risen significantly during the postoperative period. The improvement of pain and function of elderly patients was termed remarkable as early as 6 months and showed long lasting improvement after a 2 year follow up.