In early August, an elderly woman surnamed Hung, 98, had a fall in the corridor of her Taichung home, and broke her left femur. In the first instance, she when to a nearby clinic to have it looked at, but the doctor there advised against surgery, due to her advanced years. The woman was quite happy not to have an operation, too, as she was worried about the high risk involved, and she bore the pain for close to three weeks. The family tried to persuade her to do something about it, and late August she finally agreed to go to a clinic. The doctor there confirmed that she had broken her hip bone, and would need surgery to set the bone.
Hung was able to get out of bed the day after surgery, and was discharged after three days. She is now receiving treatment for osteoporosis and rehabilitation therapies, and is doing very well.
When senior citizens fall and sustain an injury, if they are too scared to seek medical attention for the problem, they might end up staying in bed for a long period of time. This will not only be detrimental to their physical health, it could also influence their mental health, too, and may even cause them to develop a urinary infection, bedsores or pneumonia, which can make it very difficult for the patient themselves or their family. Nowadays, hip operations are very advanced, involving relatively small incisions and little post-op discomfort. So long as they discuss things with the physician prior to surgery, there is really no need for concern.
Photo: Chen Chien-chih, 照片：自由時報記者陳建志Liberty Times
(Liberty Times, translated by Paul Cooper)
Photo: Chen Chien-chih, Liberty Times
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