I need to get perspectives on any experience with going in for joint replacements, particularly hips. Over age 65 there is apparently an increased risk of delirium and being unable to return to previous level of function.
My mom was worse after she got a knee done, but she already had MCI for sure. She could have had an epidural and sedation like they did for her hip fractures, but she went with a general (her choice) instead and right after that was when I noticed some abnormal reflexes she did not have before, We hoped for getting her walking some, but ended up with that being extremely limited, though she had relief of pain with what she was able to do.
My hubby is 65 and may need something done someday, hips knees, or both, maybe sooner than later. He is heavy and we already have handicap plates because he cannot walk far and limps all the time. He's not afraid of going to the orthopedist per se but just does not get around to it, keeps taking meds and doing minimal exercise but I am starting to be afraid he will fall, and of course, it really limits what we can do together.
I'm 56 and because of my Mom I was scared to death of even brief general anesthesia just for a minor gyne procedure, but the guy sold me on it and post-op my brain seems to be OK.
Lots of folks nearer my age have gotten great results with knees...but hips...anything anyone can share?