Joint Replacement in the Elderly Patient

  • Roger N. Levy
  • Joseph DiGiovanni
  • Brian Cohen


The goal of orthopedic surgery in the geriatric population is to preserve independence. The ability to get around and cognitive ability are the most important factors in maintaining independence. Despite the medical problems with which the elderly are sometimes faced, the musculoskeletal system is frequently the sole cause of loss of independence. Disabling arthritis, failed treatment of fractures, and secondary avascular necrosis are common conditions affecting the hip in the elderly and can threaten independence as well as contribute to a deterioration in quality of life. Joint replacement can restore independence and improve quality of life by eliminating pain and disability.


Femoral Head Total Knee Arthroplasty Deep Vein Thrombosis Knee Pain Posterior Cruciate Ligament 
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  • Joseph DiGiovanni
  • Brian Cohen

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