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Weigh Surgery Risks

Each year more than 300,000 Americans have hip replacement surgery to ease hip pain and restore mobility, but there is a significant downside, especially for the elderly.

A recent study found people who had hip replacement surgery faced a heightened risk of stroke, particularly in the first two weeks after the procedure. Ischemic stroke risk rose 4.7 times and hemorrhagic stroke was up 4.5-fold. The risk of stroke remains elevated for the first six to twelve weeks after surgery.

Study authors caution elderly patients to weigh the benefits of surgery against the risk of stroke.

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