Waren, GERMANY: Dr Dieter Hotzelmann gets frustrated when he talks about the default approach in healthcare to treating the elderly – that is, with surgery, drugs, and more surgery, and sometimes after it’s too late to do much else.“It’s complete nonsense to place two new hips on a 90-year-old. Such idiocy,” he laments to CNA Insider.“Health insurance would pay up to 30,000 euros for broken hips – only after the bone is fractured, then they pay for rehabilitation. But what if I can prevent this from happening?” Take, for example, one of the general practitioner’s latest clients. Mrs Ingeborg Meier, 86, listened to doctors’ advice to operate on her hip which had suddenly started hurting. The joint replacement procedure earlier this year didn’t make the pain go away – in fact, for months she had to resort to crutches, a blow for the independent senior who loves pottering about in her garden with her husband.Said Dr Hotzelmann: “Her internal and external joint rotation is still good. If I had seen her before the surgery, I would have said we can still do something.”By ‘something’, he’s referring to the exercises and rehabilitative therapies that his clinic, a pioneer in its field in Germany,… Read full this story
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