Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Hip FAQ

Question:

My older sister had a total hip replacement 2 months ago. She has had set backs and delays from the beginning. Dehydration seems to be the central problem. What causes this?

Answer:

Even healthy older adults are at risk for dehydration (fluid loss). There is a decrease in thirst as we age and thus, a tendency to stop drinking liquids as much. Many Americans confuse thirst with hunger and eat instead of drinking. Older adults who have hip joint surgery are also at increased risk of dehydration. There is blood loss with this operation. The problem gets worse if the patient has nausea and vomiting from medications. The presence of any other medical condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or thyroid problems adds to the mix. Even mild to moderate dehydration can slow a patient down. Dizziness, weakness, and fatigue are common. Just getting through the daily activities or dressing, eating, and personal care can zap a patient’s strength. There may be no energy left for exercise needed after this operation. Jon A. Mukand, MD, PhD, et al. The Effects of Dehydration on Rehabilitation Outcomes of Elderly Orthopedic Patients. In Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. January 2003. Vol. 84. No. 1. Pp. 58-61.

*Disclaimer:* The information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read in this topic.
All content provided by eORTHOPOD® is a registered trademark of Medical Multimedia Group, L.L.C.. Content is the sole property of Medical Multimedia Group, LLC and used herein by permission.

Our Specialties

Where Does It Hurt?

Our Locations

  Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on YouTube
Follow us on Twitter