Debating hip replacement

Posted by flowerchild65 @flowerchild65, Jun 22, 2020

I am only 54 but have osteoarthritis in both hips to the point they can give out. I don’t want surgery but need it. Anyone have success stories or tips to share?

Do it !
I am 72, had right hip replaced 3yrs ago and one year later the left hip – no more back problems and I walk 3 miles every day. The new procedures don't require any muscle dissection and recovery is faster and less encumbered with restrictions. I was walking miles a day 5 weeks after each surgery – without a walker or cane. Its a bit painful at first – kind of like someone kicked you with steel toed boots- but keep gently exercising and within a week you'll be wondering why you waited so long. Good luck

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@cwle

Encouraging for me! Surgery in August for right hip!

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Let me know how you do. Just remember No Pain, No Gain. Will keep you in my prayers for your success story. Keep Good thoughts inside.

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I have degenerative arthritis and regularly have pain in my right hip from sleeping on my side. I signed up for some physical therapy to see if that helps but have to wait for my appointment on July 17th. I subscribe to a few health newsletters and this one showed up in my inbox this morning. Might get an early start on the hip exercises.

Osteoarthritis and Exercise — Learn how to best manage osteoarthritis of the hip and knee with exercise. Reduce your symptoms and improve your mobility.
https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/e-learning

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Just wanted to add: listen to tour therapists!

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@cwle

As I am headed that way – how were the first couple of days? My doctor wants one overnight stay. My house has 5 steps from the garage to get into it so I wonder how easy with help that will go. Did you have to use a walker in the house for a few days? PT on my schedule doesn't happen until two weeks after surgery.

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I just had my second hip replaced. This one was done outpatient, which worried me. However, I woke up the next morning, got washed, dressed, Fixed & ate breakfast, took the garbage to the curb. All before physical therapist showed up. She did her work out, including walking up & down a flight of stairs to the 2nd floor. I was a little sore that afternoon, but compared to the pain I was in prior to surgery, it was not bad at all.

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11 years ago (in my 50's) I had my right hip replaced. I was crippled, could barely walk even with a cane. 6 weeks after the surgery I was walking without pain. And to this day you'd never know I could barely walk. I worked at a hospital 2 years ago, I worked there for 3 years and walked 7 – 8 miles a day with zero pain. I am VERY pleased I had a total hip replacement. Do yourself a favor and get it done. The recovery time (a good 6 weeks) seemed long to me but is well worth it looking back.

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@laurie1l

11 years ago (in my 50's) I had my right hip replaced. I was crippled, could barely walk even with a cane. 6 weeks after the surgery I was walking without pain. And to this day you'd never know I could barely walk. I worked at a hospital 2 years ago, I worked there for 3 years and walked 7 – 8 miles a day with zero pain. I am VERY pleased I had a total hip replacement. Do yourself a favor and get it done. The recovery time (a good 6 weeks) seemed long to me but is well worth it looking back.

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Wow! So encouraging as I wait on my surgery date!

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@iltaxes

I just had my second hip replaced. This one was done outpatient, which worried me. However, I woke up the next morning, got washed, dressed, Fixed & ate breakfast, took the garbage to the curb. All before physical therapist showed up. She did her work out, including walking up & down a flight of stairs to the 2nd floor. I was a little sore that afternoon, but compared to the pain I was in prior to surgery, it was not bad at all.

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I hear that outpatient is more common. My doctor wants an overnight stay. Have not questioned that as being an option. Since it is my first hip replacement maybe that is OK as I go through the process.

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I had a hip replacement at 54. I'm now 74. Having the replacement was the best decision I could have made. It has given me years of great mobility and independence with no pain. I highly recommend you have the replacement. Also get a surgeon who frequently does hip replacements. Good luck.

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I am 66, I had my Right Hip replaced at the Mayo 5 years ago, before the surgery I was miserable, couldn't walk! I was overweight, I made sure prior to the planned surgery, to loose some substantial weight, so that after surgery my replaced hip will not suffer like my old hip from carrying all that weight.
The surgery itself and the quick recovery, was much easier than I had imagined. Walking was the only therapy I needed post surgery.
Pick a good Surgeon with plenty experience, and go for it.
Good Luck! P.S. the weight loss helped with not needing surgery on the other hip !

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I'm 81. Left hip replaced in 2018, right hip replaced in 2019. No more pain but walking is a little awkward. Do a lot of physical therapy, stretch and work out to keep yourself in shape.

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@johnbishop

I have degenerative arthritis and regularly have pain in my right hip from sleeping on my side. I signed up for some physical therapy to see if that helps but have to wait for my appointment on July 17th. I subscribe to a few health newsletters and this one showed up in my inbox this morning. Might get an early start on the hip exercises.

Osteoarthritis and Exercise — Learn how to best manage osteoarthritis of the hip and knee with exercise. Reduce your symptoms and improve your mobility.
https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/e-learning

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@weezy1939 I found out yesterday that I need my hip replaced because of degenerative arthritis. I have had two sessions with a therapist and am already doing the exercises that I downloaded from your letter. They aren't going to cure me but will strengthen me before surgery

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