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Ask An Orthopedist | Hip Surgery Rehab & Recovery

Ask An Orthopedist | Hip Surgery Rehab & Recovery
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Ask An Orthopedist | Hip Surgery Rehab & Recovery

hip3A family member has concern for the rehab and recovery time after a hip surgery due to the patient having Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is just one type of dementia that can often cause problems with behavior, memory, and thinking that can make everyday tasks more difficult.

Six weeks after my aunt’s hip surgery, her rehab has been slower than the usual process due to her Alzheimer’s. Will rehab be enough for her to return to her assisted living facility where she has stayed for 3 1/2 years? She seems disoriented in the new facility she is currently in. 

Because of the Alzheimer’s, time estimates are out the window.  Depending on the severity of the Alzheimer’s, recovery can be minimally to significantly slower than “normal”.  Periodic exams along with evaluation by the therapists working with her can help determine when she would be safe to return to assisted-living.  Unfortunately, sometimes assisted-living is never able to be resumed and full-time care is needed.  Hopefully this won’t be the case with your aunt.

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