Questions regarding total hip replacement
Hi, I would appreciate any feedback. My left hip joint is totally collapsed and has been for about 4 years. For some reason, I do not have pain. However, the collapse has left my leg shorter and has forced me to be heavily dependent on a cane. I’ve seen 4 orthopedic surgeons over the years and have gotten varying suggestions. One said not to get THR because I have no pain. Another said he could do it with anterior approach but it would require a lot of cutting, etc., and probably not be the best result. The third said he uses anterolateral approach but he had never seen a collapsed hip without pain. He said that the surgery would be a success but he didn’t think I would be happy with the outcome because of possible damage to already weak muscles. The 4th said that he would do it with a posterior approach (is there only one type of posterior approach?) that he thought would give me the least damage. I’m 65 and would like to again enjoy some active years without a cane. I’ve read that hip surgeries are among the most successful but I get scared when I read forums. My friends remind me that people who have successful THRs don’t usually get into forums because they don’t have problems. Is that right? Or is the marketing for THRs not mentioning the infections, etc., that come afterward? And how/why do these infections occur? I want to move on with my life but I don’t want to exchange a very inconvenient limp/cane for pain and problems. Am I just being a worrywart or ? Thanks for any thoughts.