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Parkinson's Disease

Necrosis, Parkinson's, and hip replacement

09/25/1998

Question:

I have hAd PD for 30 years (58). I have necrosis inthe right hip which was fractured 18 months ago due to a fall. The hip was pinned at that time. Should I have a hip replacement? What are the pros and cons?

Answer:

The specifics of hip replacement are best discussed with an orthopedic surgeon. In itself, Parkinson's disease is not a contraindication for this procedure. A word of caution: if you are on Eldepryl (selegeline, deprenyl) then the painkiller Demerol should not be used for relief of postoperative pain. Be sure to discuss your medications with the surgical team prior to the hip replacement.

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Response by:

Arif Dalvi, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati