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Old 09-26-2013, 07:42 PM
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Has anyone gone thru it or know anyone who has had it done?

I'm getting close to having at least one done (right). I think at this rate another year or two. The left is almost as bad as the right so I'm thinking about having both done at the same time. Recovery is about 50% longer from what I understand
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:00 PM
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Never seen it done in 22 years as a physical therapist. The rehab on a total hip isn't that long or arduous. Have em done separate. Also alot of folks have one done and the other improves due to having less stress on it.
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Feel free to pm me with whatever hip replacement questions you may have. I have had both hips replaced, mine were done 8 years apart. I just had my right hip replaced 55 days ago and all is good. If you don't mind discussing on an open forum such as this I will answer whatever questions you may have as well.

I do know two individuals that have had both replaced at the same time. One went very well, the other not so well.

The recovery has a LOT to do with the individual personality, ie: If they have a good attitude and work ethic, most all issues can be overcome. If on the other hand the person is generally "The glass is half empty" type of person, that plays a major role in recovery in my opinion.
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I've had both done. One in 08 the other in 09. I was shooting pool and shopping at Publix one day after getting out of the hospital on the first one.

The second not so good. It took about ten days before I was able to see the pool room. You never know until you know, how its going to go. Have your right one done first and see how fast you recover before doing the other one.

Next thing that I need is a lower back fusion operation. Spinal stenosis...

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Old 09-26-2013, 09:13 PM
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We do bilateral hips fairly often, usually only high volume surgeons do bilateral hips. There are higher acute complications, but long term complications are similar(one less anesthesia exposure). They seem to rehab very well also. I would only consider it if both hips are severe and after having one hip replaced, your other hip will severely limit rehab.
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:52 AM
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Feel free to pm me with whatever hip replacement questions you may have. I have had both hips replaced, mine were done 8 years apart. I just had my right hip replaced 55 days ago and all is good. If you don't mind discussing on an open forum such as this I will answer whatever questions you may have as well.

I do know two individuals that have had both replaced at the same time. One went very well, the other not so well.

The recovery has a LOT to do with the individual personality, ie: If they have a good attitude and work ethic, most all issues can be overcome. If on the other hand the person is generally "The glass is half empty" type of person, that plays a major role in recovery in my opinion.
Thanks all for the info, at this point I'm just waiting for the pain to get bad enough. I have not had any injections in my left, and have had two in my right. They really help but are only good for about 6 months. I'm allowed three total so I'm saving the third for a rainy day.
For me having the surgery and any PT is the easy part, been thru it with my back. The bad is the no driving for 6 weeks which I've been told by two doctors, one at Penn the other at Rothman. I'll go freaking stir crazy (I drive about 25 miles to work one way) I don't mind the time off since I have Aflac.

In hindsight I should have skipped the 4 years of college Lacrosse and 2 years of Rugby
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My brother in law had the bilateral hip replacement done over 15 years ago. At the time in his late 40's he could barely walk and needed to be on his feet all day for his work. Came home after about a week in the hospital bed, the rehab seemed to go smoothly. He has been trouble free ever since, and still is on his feet all day now in his mid 60's working.
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One of my best friends had both replaced, and it's been a nightmare for him. The first one became infected and he's had it "redone" 5 times....the second one is better. Watching him makes me think things are going to have to get pretty bad on me before I think about anything like that.
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Laszlo, as I think I told you before my buddy had one replaced about 2 years ago now, not bilateral, but anyway, he's had some small issues (seemingly to me) here and there but otherwise feels great and was back working at his remodeling biz in fairly short order. His and my offer still stands too if you want to give him a call I'll pass his # along. Best wishes to ya.
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Laszlo, as I think I told you before my buddy had one replaced about 2 years ago now, not bilateral, but anyway, he's had some small issues (seemingly to me) here and there but otherwise feels great and was back working at his remodeling biz in fairly short order. His and my offer still stands too if you want to give him a call I'll pass his # along. Best wishes to ya.
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I have appointments with surgeons in December. I need to make up my mind to do it now or wait. Every surgeon I have talked to has advised me to wait until I'm at least 55 unless I'm in really bad constant pain. I'm 50 now, some days I would like to have it done tomorrow, others I can easily wait. I'll shoot you a PM
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
Thanks C

I have appointments with surgeons in December. I need to make up my mind to do it now or wait. Every surgeon I have talked to has advised me to wait until I'm at least 55 unless I'm in really bad constant pain. I'm 50 now, some days I would like to have it done tomorrow, others I can easily wait. I'll shoot you a PM
I hear you. He was in same boat but at 49 (I think?) Dr said no more - was bone on bone. Was really hard for him mentally, more for his pride I think. He was into skiing, cycling, boating, was a stud athlete in the day, had his own remodeling biz with no helper, etc, etc. Looking back he's very glad he had it done.
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I hear you. He was in same boat but at 49 (I think?) Dr said no more - was bone on bone. Was really hard for him mentally, more for his pride I think. He was into skiing, cycling, boating, was a stud athlete in the day, had his own remodeling biz with no helper, etc, etc. Looking back he's very glad he had it done.
I got you, it would be nice to get out of bed and not be in pain
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