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?

@popolopo

I had my left hip done nearly 6 years ago and I regret ever having it done. I am in pain all the time. I can walk and use stairs but nothing really helps..I use tramadol and gabapentiine as well as Advil, Aleve ,Tylenol, hot and cold packs and hip exexercises. No doctor has helped me.

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That is too bad. Just had my right hip done in August of this year. Great results – just got back from a three mile no limp and no pain walk. Most folks I talk to now that have had it done have been well pleased. Would be curious as to how doctors assessed your issue.

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@lgal

Wow, that is awful news. So sorry to hear that. Makes me very nervous to have mine done.

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@popolopo I too am sorry to hear of your continuing issues – what do the docs say are causing it, since this ie extremely unusual for hip replacements.

@lgal Please don't be frightened by one person's poor result – many of us have had successful hip replacements. In my experience, the best predictors of success are an extremely experienced ortho, being in the best possible physical and mental state for surgery, and following the recovery guidelines. I also believe that you need at least a couple of real PT sessions to get you on track – most who have had long term hip issues have a limp or other gait issue that need to be addressed and corrected for the best results.

After a period of good time, I had a poor result from my first hip replacement surgeries, but it was because of bad implants (no longer on market), no PT and a bad doctor. Once I had a new surgeon, replacement implants and proper PT, life has been wonderful for the past 8 years.

Be sure to choose an ortho who keeps up on the latest techniques and does MANY hip replacement surgeries.
Sue

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@weezy1939 I am 81 years old and had my right hip replaced in July.I was outside walking a block with walker 2 weeks later. Started therapy at three weeks and was taught how to use a cane. I am legally blind so decided cane was a hazard so after a week I walked without it. I did grab onto furniture in the house.
Another week later I walked on my own outside. I now call it my 30 year old hip and I walk fast every day on my mile route. I had back pain for thirty years and since hip surgery that pain is gone.

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@weezy1939

@weezy1939 I am 81 years old and had my right hip replaced in July.I was outside walking a block with walker 2 weeks later. Started therapy at three weeks and was taught how to use a cane. I am legally blind so decided cane was a hazard so after a week I walked without it. I did grab onto furniture in the house.
Another week later I walked on my own outside. I now call it my 30 year old hip and I walk fast every day on my mile route. I had back pain for thirty years and since hip surgery that pain is gone.

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Weezy – Thanks for sharing your success story. I had the same result with back pain – never realized I was limping until after surgery when I had to learn to walk properly!
Sue

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