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Old 08-22-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
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double hip replacement questions

is it harder to have double hip replacement or to have one done and then the other done at later time? i need both done eventually but not sure what to do!

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Old 08-22-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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Re: double hip replacement questions

My husband has had 5 replacement surgeries. First set lasted 17 years and the second set only 3 years so he had one replaced in January and will have the other one done next year. The first set he had done 4 months apart. The second set 6 months. I can't imagine him having them done at the same time. Will surgeons even do both at the same time?
What is great is the newer procedure that is through the groin. Less muscle cut, shorter incision. My husband couldn't have it done that way because of previous surgeries but my DIL's dad just had his done in June and he did great!

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Re: double hip replacement questions

Sometimes people do both knees at once, but I don't know anyone who's had both hips at once. The movement restrictions (no bending past 90 degrees, etc) might make it extremely hard to do things like get in and out of bed if you have both legs operated at once.

My father had them done 1 year apart, and he's glad he did it that way. (It didn't take him a year to recover, he just found it most convenient to have surgery in the spring.) He's pretty strong and fit, and he was only 50/51 when he had the surgeries, but he thinks he would have found it tough to do both at once.

Whichever one is worse, I would take care of that one first.

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