Hip replacement in your 90s? “Do as you’re told,” says hip patient Iris, 95

April 10th 2018

Hip replacement in your 90s? “Do as you’re told,” says hip patient Iris, 95HRH Prince Philip is recovering from a hip operation at the age of 96. It is not unusual for patients in their 90s to have this procedure, but according to one nonagenarian who had her hip replaced, he will have to do as he is told if he is to make a full recovery. 

Iris Wells, 95, from Crafthole in Cornwall, had her second hip replacement at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in Plymouth in July 2017.

Said Iris: “I had my first hip replaced at Peninsula in 2013 and was very happy with my treatment and outcome. I started to notice a problem with my second hip in January 2017 and chose the Peninsula again.”

Both hip replacements were a success: “I was able to walk and get about and both hips are working naturally,” said Iris.

Prince Philip is an active man despite his age, and will be eager to get back to regular activities – but Iris cautions that he will need to do as he is told.

She said: “If you listen to the doctors, nurses and physiotherapists, do the exercises you are given and do as they say, then you will have a better recovery. You know it’s for your own good and if you do it all properly then everything will fall into place. I am sure the Prince will listen and do as he is told.”

It is not unusual for patients in their 90s to have a hip replacement, provided the surgical and care team are happy that the individual is fit and well enough for the operation. In England and Wales, 851 people over the age of 90 had a hip replacement in 2016.

Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre offers a range of care options including orthopaedic, cataract and general surgery and endoscopic investigations. If your GP agrees that you need treatment you can ask them to refer you to the hospital for treatment – it is part of your choice as an NHS patient.

More information is available by calling 01752 506070 or visiting peninsulatreatmentcentre.nhs.uk

10 signs you may need a hip replacement

More than 50,500 hip replacements took place across England and Wales last year. It is a major, yet effective and common operation and over time becomes the only way to eradicate pain and improve quality of life.

How do you know when you need a hip replacement? Here are 10 signs to look out for and to discuss with your GP:

  • Persistent or recurring pain in your hip over a period of time, or pain which may also flare up in rainy weather or changes in temperature
  • Aching in your hip during and after exercise, with progressively limited hip motion or degree of bend in the joint
  • Increasing immobility such as difficulty getting in and out of chairs, walking or climbing stairs
  • A ‘grating’ feeling in the hip joint
  • Stiffness in the hip joint when you get out of bed
  • Continual pain even with medication and using a cane, and pain that keeps you awake at night
  • Stiffening up of the joint after sitting for a period of time, such as driving or at the cinema
  • Increasing pain, discomfort and immobility from a previous hip injury (such as a fractured pelvis)
  • Related pain elsewhere, such as in the knees or groin
  • An inability to stand on one leg