The chronological age is not an absolute criteria. The physiological age, bone marrow density and the anticipated post surgery activity level of the patients are the deciding factors for the suitability of resurfacing procedure. X-rays must be reviewed by the surgeon to assess technical suitability. The youngest patient to undergo this procedure by Dr. Bose is 14 years old. The oldest male patient was 73 years old and the oldest female patient was 70 years old.
|Thomas P. Schmalzried, M.D.“I have resurfaced women in their 60’s and men in their 70’s. Age is not the salient criteria – but a surrogate for bone density and life expectancy on a population basis. Each patient has to be evaluated individually to assess the benefit-to-risk ratio of resurfacing v. THR for them.”|
Most people use about 55 – 60 years as an age limit for surgery, however we just had a paper accepted for resurfacings on patients greater than 60 years and they did just as well as their younger counterparts. Age is a relative thing and this is a controversial topic.