Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Candidate and Causes

What caused you to need a total hip replacement?

Comment from: granny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I was putting the cat out, after I picked him up off the bed I turned and fell over the doggie steps at the foot of the bed. Fell, bang, right on my hip and broke it! Ouch! I ended up with total hip replacement.

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Comment from: 29hipreplacement, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 22

I was 29 when I had my hip replacement. I had Legg-Calve-Perthes disease as a child, stage 4. I tried to change jobs to keep working but it became impossible even to go grocery shopping. I was in pain after only a few steps, my hip clicked and hurt constantly.

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Comment from: majestic, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I"m 57 and had a total hip replacement (THR) on Dec 20, 2013 due to osteoarthritis. I was in pain for a couple of years and only wish I had done it sooner. I had physical therapy at home and 2 months later I had a little set back. Suddenly I couldn"t lift my leg to get in and out of bed and in the car. It was very upsetting since the recovery was doing so well. The doctor said I had bursitis in the trochanter joint. How could that happen since I had the THR! I used to have bursitis in the hip before the surgery. So I just accepted it and I went easy and used the leg lifting device again and within 4 weeks I was back to normal. I have no more groin pain or hip pain.

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Comment from: Kevin, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

Due to a very active sporting life in martial arts, my right hip was bone against bone, my body was traumatized after being kept waiting for surgery for 8 months, my body was burning up, and burning calories, I lost 8kgs in weight. I was all skin and bone, my friends thought I had cancer. When I finally got my total hip replacement, the operation was only 67minutes, I was only in hospital for 3 days, on crutches 3 weeks, and back at work after only 4 weeks. Five months later, I have just had my 2nd hip replacement, my left hip, with a new procedure, less muscle cutting, less swelling and quicker recovery. It is only week 2, and I am walking without crutches. This operation is not to be scared of, as long as you are in reasonable shape, before the operation. If you are like 65% of the population, obese, high blood pressure, diabetic, then you may well have problems, as surgeons and nurses do not have magic wands. You have to want to look after yourself, and if you make the effort then you will be fine.

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Comment from: Ann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

A few years ago I began having occasional pain in my hips without apparent cause. Over time frequency and severity increased. I went to an orthopedic surgeon who eventually diagnosed me with bilateral avascular necrosis of the hips and I needed bilateral total hip replacement surgery as soon as possible. I have had my right hip done and began to experience pain similar to pre-surgery days at seven months post-operation. I"m frightened and discouraged and have chosen to not have my left hip done. I can"t handle the pain. I"m 54 and feel much older since the surgery. My experience has been bad. I don"t understand what"s caused my AVN.

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Comment from: NH, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I suffered several injuries as the result of an accident at work, including a broken hip. Two years later, with ongoing pain and avascular necrosis, I will have a THR (total hip replacement) to resolve pain, give me a better future.

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Comment from: titan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had bad osteoarthritis in the right hip and severe pain over couple of years. I had total hip replacement on 24 Oct 13, very painful for 3 days and had numb knee which kept me in bed a day extra. I learned to use Zimmer, then crutches as soon as possible, then home after 4 days. To date, 14th November, I walk up and down stairs and have been shopping, using one crutch. I hardly needed painkillers as all old pain is gone, I just have slight wound healing pain.

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Comment from: scott, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

Overwork sometimes called early burnout caused my need for hip replacement. I had a very hard physically demanding job. At 40 I had my first heart attack. I was built like brick house, could lift and pull extreme weight, then bang, ever since, my health has deteriorated substantially. I'm now 43 and been told I'm too ill for hip replacement as there is 90% chance of dying. So I've been told total amputation, but they have changed their minds so to be honest I don't know what they are going to do.

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