It's great to hear from you - thank you for taking the time to reply. Since writing on the message board I have found a surgeon in Capetown who is used to dealing with abnormal joints and does all kinds of replacements and joint building and he knows about polio. To cut a long story short, he says I must have a 'proximal femoral' replacement because of the multiple irregularities in my femur and hip - yours being the same by the sound of it. This procedure will also enable him to extend my leg by the two centimetres that it is short - he says this should deal with my back pain because it will even up my pelvis - I have bad scoliosis. This procedure is a big deal because the prosthethis cannot be fixed with cement or rods (osteoarthritis), my own bone will grow around it and that means it needs two months of no weight bearing. It's going to be awkward for me too as my right arm is paralysed and so I can't use crutches
I'm planning on the surgery in early March and will let you know how I get on. By the way, I'm 62 and got polio when I was 7 months old - my brother got it too - he has a very weak left leg.
Do look up this doctor on the web: his name is Keith Hosking and his centre and clinic is called CORU.
All the best to you for 2013, Julie
wow,i am in the same situation as you are,i had a hip replacement done on my good leg a year ago (aug.2011),and i ended up with nerve damage from that,and its been a struggle for me ever since. I also need a hip replacement in the other hip,which is my polio leg,and i have been hesitant also to do this. Yes,it would take the pain away in that hip,and i know the pain will only get worse,and i will just get older(i am 55 now),and recovery might be harder then.
I even took a bad fall just in October,and i broke the femur bone in my polio leg. The nerve damage that i had in my other leg from the hip replacement,affected my balance,and i took 3 falls before this,and i could not stop myself from falling each time. This last fall i took,i couldnt get back up this time. I also agree with you as to having a surgeon that is familiar with polio,but in this day,that is almost impossible to find,those doctors are retiring now or are retired. I have tried to even find anyone who has polio and had a hip replacement done,to find out what their recovery was like,but no luck on that neither. So i sure do wish you luck on this,and hope somebody can give you some information. Cheryl[/QUOTE]