A British woman is the oldest patient in the world to have a full hip replacement – after having the operation to celebrate her 104th BIRTHDAY.
Sprightly Edith Varley went under the knife after she struggled to get around her home where she lives on her own.
Her family are now applying to have her recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest person ever to receive a full hip replacement.
The previous record holder was a woman aged 102.
Widow Edith, who lost her husband Arthur in 1997 aged 90, was conscious throughout the one-hour operation which took place on December 22 at Leicester General Hospital.
Edith, who has two grown-up children but no grandchildren, had the surgery just two weeks after celebrating her 104th birthday.
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Richard Power carried out the procedure to replace Mrs Varley’s right hip joint which had deteriorated after it was first replaced in 1987.
She spent 24 hours in the high-dependency unit following the operation, but ten days later was fit enough to be discharged.
Mrs Varley said: “I am delighted with the success of the surgery and so grateful to Mr Power and his team for freeing me from the dreadful pain I have suffered for so long.
“I am now practising my walking and exercise to achieve the best mobility possible to enable me to continue living independently.”
Mrs Varley, who used to work for the Gas Board as a clerical worker, is now able to remain living independently in her home in Oadby, Leicester.
Yesterday (Mon) her two children, Graeme Varley, 69, and daughter Jenifer (corr) Quelch, 67, expressed their thanks to the surgical team who carried out the operation,
Mrs Quelch, a pub licensee from Market Harborough, Leics., said: “My mother had been in terrible pain for about 12 months before the operation.
“We never thought of surgery. We just thought there might be some sort of magic injection to ease the pain.
“But when we saw Mr Power, he said the only way to ease the pain was to replace the hip.
“He said he had operated on people in their 60s who were not as fit as my mother.
“She’s not running around like a two-year-old and does have carers who come in twice a day.
“But she is able to walk with a frame and do the exercises she has been given.
“We are so grateful to the team at Leicester’s hospitals.”
Mrs Varley’s son Graeme, a retired director of a haulage firm from Manchester, added:
“The operation has made a remarkable difference to my mum’s life.
“Obviously she is 104 so her mobility is slow but she is very independent and the operation means she can continue living in her own home.
“I often asked her what she would like for her birthday and she often said ‘a new hip would be wonderful’. Now it’s come true it’s amazing to see her walking around.
“We believe it is possible she may now be a record breaker which would be remarkable.”
Another woman aged 112 had a partial hip replacement but my mother would seem to be the oldest patient in the world to undergo a full hip replacement op.”
Mr Power said modern anaesthetic techniques had made Mrs Varley’s operation possible.
He said: “The operation was performed in just over an hour with the patient awake
under spinal anaesthetic.
“She made a good recovery and is now out of pain and able to bear weight.”
by Nathan Pynn and Cathy Buss