Annie gets hip replacement surgery aged 95

Annie Craggs from Sedgefield is in such good health at 95 years of age that doctors had no concerns with her having the hip replacement surgery she needed.

Annie had been in discomfort and pain with her right hip for many months and after visiting her GP she was referred to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Annie-gets-hip-replacement-surgeryAssociate specialist in orthopaedics and trauma Manesh Vaghela assessed her and was able to perform the surgery at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Annie has since been recovering in the hospital’s joint replacement unit and will soon be transferred to Sedgefield Community Hospital for rehabilitation.

She said: “The pain in my hip had been getting worse for some time.

“When I went to see Mr Vaghela he said he would be able to carry out hip replacement surgery because I was healthy. I have always been a fit person – I was a farmer’s girl! Even since I retired when I was 70 I have always been active.

“The pain I could feel before has now gone. I feel so much better and couldn’t thank staff at Hartlepool enough. Each and every one of them has been great.”

Mr Vaghela said: “Annie came to us as she was experiencing pain in her hip which was affecting her quality of life’’.

“Annie is the oldest patient I have performed this surgery on. Because she is such a fit and healthy woman, we were able to give her the hip replacement surgery which would relieve her pain.

“I am very satisfied with how the operation went and she is already walking about with help from our nursing team and physiotherapists.”

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