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Old 12-14-2011, 03:46 PM
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A little off topic, but I was wondering if anyone here has had it done? I'm considering having my right hip done. I'm a little young (48) but the last few months have been pretty painful. I'm can't get anymore Cortisone (4 is max). Its to the point I can hardly get my socks on. I do ride a bike (40-50) miles a week and work out another 3-4 to help keep my leg strength in tact. How painful was it? How long was your recovery? I'm not worried about the surgery but I am worried about the correct length of my leg. One of my sales guys had his done about 10 years ago and walks like a webble wobble because one leg is now shorter.
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Mate of mine had bowel cancer and one of the side effects of the meds was that he had necrosis of the hip, (I'm not a doctor, so if this sounds strange it will be my mistake).

Anyway, he was a professional soccer player. Thankfully he's cancer free, unfortunately colon free, but back playing football.

He was 30 when he had it done. He's pretty dedicated though but for someone who rides 40-50 miles a week, I suppose you would do the necessary rehab, which I believe is the most important bit.

I had ACL replacement surgery a few years back and can no longer play sports aggressively mainly because I didn't dedicate myself to the rehab. The good news is that I was crap at sports anyway.
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Fast my best buddy just had his done about 6 weeks ago at age 51. Similar symptoms and experience as you going in. He has nothing left but bone on bone. He's a contractor and worked with a cane, when he was able to work at all. He was 100% outta time.

If you're interested I'm sure he'd be glad to talk with you how it was (not as bad as he expected) and how his recovery is going (great). I'm amazed at his progress. Apparently prognosis is better the younger you are. His wife is an occupation therapy director and researched everything out the whazoo. Let me know and I'll get in contact with him to clear it and pass phone numbers.

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A little off topic, but I was wondering if anyone here has had it done? I'm considering having my right hip done. I'm a little young (48) but the last few months have been pretty painful. I'm can't get anymore Cortisone (4 is max). Its to the point I can hardly get my socks on. I do ride a bike (40-50) miles a week and work out another 3-4 to help keep my leg strength in tact. How painful was it? How long was your recovery? I'm not worried about the surgery but I am worried about the correct length of my leg. One of my sales guys had his done about 10 years ago and walks like a webble wobble because one leg is now shorter.
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Have not had a hip done, but have had both knees replaced, the 2nd one just last Friday. My best advice is to stay away from having it done local - instead choose a teaching hospital.

Not sure what is near you in SE PA, but the Cleveland Clinic is to the west, and Johns Hopkins is in Baltimore - Duke in Durham, NC - Mass General has a great reputation, etc. I had mine done at the Mayo Clinic and could not be happier with the work done.
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Find surgeon who does not cut muscle, etc, with this procedure you are back playing golf, etc in two weeks
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Fast my best buddy just had his done about 6 weeks ago at age 51. Similar symptoms and experience as you going in. He has nothing left but bone on bone. He's a contractor and worked with a cane, when he was able to work at all. He was 100% outta time.

If you're interested I'm sure he'd be glad to talk with you how it was (not as bad as he expected) and how his recovery is going (great). I'm amazed at his progress. Apparently prognosis is better the younger you are. His wife is an occupation therapy director and researched everything out the whazoo. Let me know and I'll get in contact with him to clear it and pass phone numbers.
Thanks C, might just give you a call. We have some pretty good hospital here around Philly. Next week I'll be starting to line up 3 doctors to see. The big bummer is its my right hip (gas peddle) from what I read no driving for 8 weeks, which means no work for weeks. Not too bad because I have Aflac. I'm getting very close to biting the bullet
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
Thanks C, might just give you a call. We have some pretty good hospital here around Philly. Next week I'll be starting to line up 3 doctors to see. The big bummer is its my right hip (gas peddle) from what I read no driving for 8 weeks, which means no work for weeks. Not too bad because I have Aflac. I'm getting very close to biting the bullet
His was right hip too and he's been two-foot driving for a few weeks already (surgery was 10/24) albeit not per doctor's ok. I guess the main thing to watch for is lifting leg into and out of car, moving leg from gas to brake, etc. He was walking with a cane in just a few weeks. If it means anything his procedure didn't use cement (?) because he was young enough that it wasn't needed? I only stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.

He was freaked-out about it and fought it every inch of the way but he's now VERY glad he did it.

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He was freaked-out about it and fought it every inch of the way but he's now VERY glad he did it.
I know where he is coming from
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I had it done in January at age 42. Basically had bone on bone too. Before surgery, I was in alot of pain walking and berely making it up the stairs. they had me walking the next day with a walker and I used crutches and walker for about 2 months. Had PT for few months. Still walk with slight limp, the dr said because they have to move muscle, I say it could be the way I'm use to walking b/c I put off surgery for years.

It takes time for muscles to build up to full strenght.

I'm in no pain now.

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Something to be very cognisent of with any joint replacement is the risk of infection, at the joint site, long after surgery is done. A very good friend of mine had a knee replaced about 5 years ago and about 2 months ago he was at work when he fell and just bumped his knee. Nothing major at all, he said. No cuts or scrapes even. 2 hours afterward his knee swelled to about the size of his thigh so he went to the hospital and was immediately admitted and was basically put into an induced coma for 2 weeks while they fought the infection. They still have him on heavy anitbiotics and they will make a determination next week whether to replace the replacement joint with a new one. Not trying to scare you, just saying that replacement joints are very prone to infections later on.
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I'm a physical therapist and have rehab'ed many, many total hips. This has become a fairly common surgery and from my experience is very effective. At your age recovery time will be in the 4-6 week range give or take. This is a very different surgery than a total knee replacement where the rehab focuses on improving range of motion. In fact, your range of motion will be restricted for a while to prevent dislocation. Strengthening will be your primary goal. Post op infection can happen with any surgery. Infections that happen years down the road ARE RARE. The newer hip prosthesis they think will last 20 years plus. High impact activities(running) are generally discouraged, otherwise you should be pain-free and can do whatever you want. As far as leg length is concerned, talk to a surgeon about what can be done (or not). Oh , and you don't have to go to the cleveland or mayo clinic to get this done; find an orthopedist who has done A LOT of hip replacements and that you're comfortable with. Sounds like you're about ready to have it done. Best of luck.
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I had my left hip resurfaced 2 weeks ago. Very similar to a total hip replacement. Check it out online. The Dr capped the femur end and placed a new socket in the hip.
I had hte same symptomolgy you have and after an MRI and Xrays it was discovered I had worn out both hips - no cartilige left. I was a serious runner in my youth and just wore out the impact parts.

Check with th Dr to see what procedure is best for you. I am not yet 50 and the resurfacing works for me - as I am still very active.

Operation took 3 hrs. In the hospital 3 days afterward but was up and walking with a walker and crutches the next day. Home to recover for a couple months. No driving for 3 weeks. Pain managed easy. It is major surgery - but recovery is easy.
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I'm a physical therapist and have rehab'ed many, many total hips. This has become a fairly common surgery and from my experience is very effective. At your age recovery time will be in the 4-6 week range give or take. This is a very different surgery than a total knee replacement where the rehab focuses on improving range of motion. In fact, your range of motion will be restricted for a while to prevent dislocation. Strengthening will be your primary goal. Post op infection can happen with any surgery. Infections that happen years down the road ARE RARE. The newer hip prosthesis they think will last 20 years plus. High impact activities(running) are generally discouraged, otherwise you should be pain-free and can do whatever you want. As far as leg length is concerned, talk to a surgeon about what can be done (or not). Oh , and you don't have to go to the cleveland or mayo clinic to get this done; find an orthopedist who has done A LOT of hip replacements and that you're comfortable with. Sounds like you're about ready to have it done. Best of luck.
Thanks for the info, I know that running will be out which I don't mind. Any idea about cross country skiing? and water skiing / wake boarding? I'm thinking not
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FASTFJR, my hip replacement is sceduled for Jan 4. Bone on bone with a burr that has been gouging a groove on the acetabular surface (the socket part). Seems that years of abuse (launching boats into waves,military service,jumping from things, weight rooms) have taken their toll. I've been an ER nurse for almost 20 years, and prior to that was an orderly. I have seen hip surgery totally change over the years. Used to be they kept you in bed for a week or more. Now they have you up the next day.Like you I am relatively young (45), so I anticipate a quick recovery. I'm gonna camo paint my walker this weekend and am currently carving a really cool cane from walnut, so I'm trying to make this as fun an experience as possible.Over the years I have seen very few septic prosthetics, but the ones I have seen were really bad. I wouldn't worry too much. I'm preparing for 6 weeks off and am planning on making fishing rigs, etc during my recovery time. Good Luck!
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I would think cross country skiing would be fine as long as you don't fall. water ski/wakeboard same thing I would imagine--no jumping,flips, etc. It's the hard impacts you have to worry about. Strenuous activity is fine, just no hard repetitive impacts that involve running or jumping. Remember Bo Jackson? His first hip replacement only lasted a few years because he was sliding into bases and such. At your age, chances are good that if you live a normal life span that you'll have to have the surgery done at least one more time. Each time they do the surgery (called a revision) a little more bone is lost due to refitting of the prosthesis. Use common sense and treat the hip right and repeated revisions won't be necessary. Hope this helps.
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