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Posted by Louise on November 22, 2000 at 07:50:19:

In Reply to: Re: Hip Replacement due to Osteoarthritis posted by Pam on November 21, 2000 at 22:35:27:

: : Has anyone heard of any other alternative surgery if someone is too young to have their hip replaced?

: Hi, Im Pam and have had my hips replaced when I was 34 yrs old. Its been almost 6 yrs and I havent regretted one minute of it. Now they have the modular kind, when the femur ball wears out they just snap another one on. I hope its that simple!! If you want to write me Pv36C@aol.com
Hi, Pam. My son just had his 2nd hip replacement 2 weeks ago. (The first hip was replaced earlier this spring.) Recovery is going well and seems so much easier. (Guess he's used to the routine.) We're hoping that he'll be crutch-free in another 6-8 weeks (depending on how his knees fair--he has arthritis there as well). It's really nice to hear folks responding here and relaying how positive the procedure was for them. My son is just 22 years old, but you've really got to consider the quality of your life in all of this. He doesn't want to have to be in constant pain and use crutches; he wants to get on with a 22-year-old's life. -- Louise

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