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?

@fair2all

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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Great news!

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Good afternoon, my right hip deteriorated to the point I was without a hip socket. Thus an anterior hip replacement. Joint replacement is a significant learning curve. You'll want to google the subject and learn as much as possible before the procedure. You'll need a few pieces of equipment. A walker, cane, an elevated toilet seat (a must), and perhaps other – maybe crutches. I found all items at Good Will or Habitat for Humanity ReStore. My son in law is a ortho doctor and his recommendation was to search and find a doctor that only does hips. Many doctors will do knees, elbows, shoulders, etc. Optimally find the best hip doctor in your town. Utilize google to research doctors. Recovery will be 4-8 weeks. Insurance regs will prevent driving for 4 weeks. Use common sense, listen to your doc and PAs and you'll be very happy to have the surgery! Ps. One of my cardiologist had both hips done and I would have never known it but for the fact I commented on my upcoming procedure.

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@dsd86

Good afternoon, my right hip deteriorated to the point I was without a hip socket. Thus an anterior hip replacement. Joint replacement is a significant learning curve. You'll want to google the subject and learn as much as possible before the procedure. You'll need a few pieces of equipment. A walker, cane, an elevated toilet seat (a must), and perhaps other – maybe crutches. I found all items at Good Will or Habitat for Humanity ReStore. My son in law is a ortho doctor and his recommendation was to search and find a doctor that only does hips. Many doctors will do knees, elbows, shoulders, etc. Optimally find the best hip doctor in your town. Utilize google to research doctors. Recovery will be 4-8 weeks. Insurance regs will prevent driving for 4 weeks. Use common sense, listen to your doc and PAs and you'll be very happy to have the surgery! Ps. One of my cardiologist had both hips done and I would have never known it but for the fact I commented on my upcoming procedure.

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I couldn't drive for 6 weeks. Also, I could never use a raised toilet seat, (gross !). I had something put on the toilet that gave you actual handles to hold on to to keep your leg out straight, I can't remember what it's called.

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If your medical system uses the computer generated anterior arthoplasty which I had yes it's a relief. I was home after five days home physical therapy for 2 wks and driving in 2 more weeks. I had 7 stairs in and out. I had to be lifted up th Good Lucke stairs in the wheelchsir. I wouldn't recommend doing both at the same time unless your Dr explains how it would be advisable. I was 53 yrs old and weighed approx 320 lb. It's a surgery that has to be customized to you.

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I am currently going through the exact same thing; I also don't want to go through a hip replacement. I am 71 and have walked with a slight lip for a year now due to hip osteoarthritis. One day I went to get up, the pain was so severe from my hip to my knee that I could not put any weight on the leg and could not walk for four hours. I was in tears it hurt so bad. Went to orthopedic and got my first steroid shot a couple weeks ago. I was told a total hip replacement is in my future. Very scared to go through the procedure and recovery. Add to the problem; I live alone, have 14 steps up to bedrooms and 14 steps down to basement for laundry!

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@lgal

I am currently going through the exact same thing; I also don't want to go through a hip replacement. I am 71 and have walked with a slight lip for a year now due to hip osteoarthritis. One day I went to get up, the pain was so severe from my hip to my knee that I could not put any weight on the leg and could not walk for four hours. I was in tears it hurt so bad. Went to orthopedic and got my first steroid shot a couple weeks ago. I was told a total hip replacement is in my future. Very scared to go through the procedure and recovery. Add to the problem; I live alone, have 14 steps up to bedrooms and 14 steps down to basement for laundry!

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I had my right hip replaced on 8/20/20 (this is 9/25/20) and have been walking without a cane for over two weeks. I carry it with me for long walks per the PT directions. Have had little pain. I stayed one night and before being released I had to show that I could walk with a walker and was given PT on how to get into and out of vehicle as well as how to climb and descend steps. I think you could do the steps following the right instructions but initially definitely not be attempting to carry laundry up and down steps! My experience with the surgery was good – no issues of any significance. Can provide you more information if you have questions. Don't put it off if you are in regular pain and you are being limited by the hip. I even mowed my lawn this week – taking advantage of the self propelled feature so it was almost like using a walker! I was allowed to drive after my first PT session when I was assessed. – three weeks after surgery and making my wife happy!

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I'm 81. Had left hip replaced in 2018, and right hip in 2019. Just had a carcinoma cut out of my bladder and subsequent chemo. Back to walking a mile a day, doing squats and working out with tension bands. No hip pain.
You can do it! Find the most experienced hip surgeon with the best reputation, and a hospital with a good reputation for ortho care. Takes a few weeks for recovery. The stairs probably will be out during recovery. You will be using a walker. A rehab facility may be an alternative while you are healing.
Find a great physical therapist when you are ready and work out diligently. Keep doing the recommended exercises daily and you should stay pain-free and limber.
Good luck.

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@francie233

I'm 81. Had left hip replaced in 2018, and right hip in 2019. Just had a carcinoma cut out of my bladder and subsequent chemo. Back to walking a mile a day, doing squats and working out with tension bands. No hip pain.
You can do it! Find the most experienced hip surgeon with the best reputation, and a hospital with a good reputation for ortho care. Takes a few weeks for recovery. The stairs probably will be out during recovery. You will be using a walker. A rehab facility may be an alternative while you are healing.
Find a great physical therapist when you are ready and work out diligently. Keep doing the recommended exercises daily and you should stay pain-free and limber.
Good luck.

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At 68 and a Veteran of the USAF, you are a true hero and fighter! Will C in Saint Charles, MO

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@cwle

I had my right hip replaced on 8/20/20 (this is 9/25/20) and have been walking without a cane for over two weeks. I carry it with me for long walks per the PT directions. Have had little pain. I stayed one night and before being released I had to show that I could walk with a walker and was given PT on how to get into and out of vehicle as well as how to climb and descend steps. I think you could do the steps following the right instructions but initially definitely not be attempting to carry laundry up and down steps! My experience with the surgery was good – no issues of any significance. Can provide you more information if you have questions. Don't put it off if you are in regular pain and you are being limited by the hip. I even mowed my lawn this week – taking advantage of the self propelled feature so it was almost like using a walker! I was allowed to drive after my first PT session when I was assessed. – three weeks after surgery and making my wife happy!

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@cwle The newer methods of hip replacement are devised to return the patient to normal function. I was about 300 lb when my left hip was no longer functionate. 2006 I had a total arthoplasty. It was computer generated the first in that hospital. I went home five days after surgery with a walker. Had two weeks home PT. Started driving after three weeks. We had seven stairs. I used my walker folded up as a support for the right arm while I held onto the railing with my left hand. 2018 I was 170 lb when I broke my right hip and my elbow had a posterior replacement and my right arm in a massive cast. It was nightmare I learned to eat with my left hand. Until the cast came off I was trapped in the bed. As soon as I could force my self to sit up and transfer to a commode chair I felt human again.As soon as I could stand up and walk at PT I transferred to assisted living for six weeks to live like a sentient being. When I got an apartment on the first floor alone with my emotional therapy dog. She walks me three times a day that and housework is my exercisize. Please realize you're are the same person you were after the hip replacement as you were before. If you like me were not athletic you won't change unless you are motivated and push through. It's up to you. You need a hip rep!a cement to stay out of a wheelchair and a nursing home. Everything else is gravy.

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I did it! I am about six weeks post hip replacement and am ready to get the other one done! It was a relatively easy recovery as my surgeon did the anterior approach. Ditched the Rx and walker at a week and just kept moving. The most important thing to remember is that you are not harming yourself when it hurts and it is just part of the process to healing. If you don't move, you won't be happy with the results. Do the exercises, walk and be positive-it worked for me!

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@wildebjef

At 68 and a Veteran of the USAF, you are a true hero and fighter! Will C in Saint Charles, MO

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Semper Fi Will. USMC vet, 56 to 65.

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Thank you for your service and God bless you

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