Obviously a hip replacement is too dangerous for her at her age and she would never survive it or walk again. Thank you.
Actually I don’t think your assumptions about her recovery or survival from such an operation are warranted in all cases. I’ll use my own MIL as an example: she is 92 yrs old and very active & healthy for her age. She lives on her own and still drives. If I have to live that long I’d like to be just like her. If she had osteoarthritis in her hips that was so bad and painful that it interfered with her activities and she couldn’t walk or sleep well, and if a surgeon agreed that she was healthy enough and could reap even a few active, pain-free years from a hip replacement, then I suspect that she might consider it if her doctor cleared her for the surgery.
So I don’t think it is always obvious that a 90-yr-old person would not survive such surgery. It must be considered on a case-by-case basis. I also don’t think you can assume that a 90-yr-old would never walk again after hip replacement surgery.
My point: all nonegenarians are not alike. Medical decisions must be based on evaluation of the individual’s current health status and life-style.
I’ve had both of my hips replaced in separate surgeries and have seen first-hand how crippling osteoarthritis can be, and how wonderful it is to now be pain-free, walking, and having my life back.
If a person is not healthy enough for surgery, then really the only "treatment" for advanced arthritis is walking aids, wheelchairs, pain meds, & exercise.