Posted by Elaine Lanzendorfer
on November 06, 2000 at 16:18:50:
In Reply to: Re: Hip Replacement due to Osteoarthritis posted by Mara on October 22, 2000 at 00:28:10:
: : Has anyone heard of any other alternative surgery if someone is too young to have their hip replaced?
: Hello, I'm a 29 year old female who is 5 weeks post-THR (born with a bad hip). I lived with pain for a decade before undergoing surgery. I DO NOT regret my decision. Exactly 2 weeks post-op, ALL my pain disappeared, and I was more mobile than I'd been in years. Youth has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to THR. I accept the fact that I may need two, possibly three more of these surgeries in my lifetime. I guarantee that when I need the next one, I will not hesitate; I'll gladly and thankfully throw myself on that operating table and tell my wonderful surgeon to get to work, because I've got living to do! How young is young enough to seriously hesitate (even in the face of quality of life issues)? I suppose when a person still has growing to do... THAT'S too young.
My names Elaine and I just read the message from
the 29 year old who had a hip replacement. I've had a severe osteoarthritis left hip since 1996.
I was 53 at the time and all doctors said it's much too young to even think about a replacement.
I accepted their advice, followed the pain medication program and the exercise program but my
world has gotten smaller and smaller. finally some of the doctors are starting to rethink their
original stance of waiting, waiting waiting. Now
I got the go ahead to seek a surgeon and prepare
for a replacement. There are so many different
kinds of replacements. Has anyone been in my place
and found the perfect surgeon and perfect procedure for a hip replacement? Looking forward
to hearing from you. Elaine