avn- Avascular Necrosis

Jaffa, Israel

#1 Jul 18, 2012

i am 48 years old
and i had a kidney transplant ten years ago
and Because the Steroids (Prednisone) that i have to take i have
a disease called avn- Avascular Necrosis
in my last X-rays shows that there is a damage to the Cartilage
and there is sines to head collapsed in both legs
and i need to get a Total Hip Replacment
in Two legs. i have pain almost Eight years now
i cant sleep i cant do nothing i am taking
painkiller and drug of all types and Nothing helps
i dont have any option any more and i think i need to have the surgery
my Doctors Recommended to do the Surgery and they said i need
Ceramic on Ceramic hip replacements in both legs
and to start with one leg and after six month to do the other one
and they said Because i have to take Steroids all my life my Odds
are not so good
the Chance that i will need a seconde Hip Replacment
in a few years is very High and from what i read about
the operation there is so many side effect but the one
that are my most concern are those
Blood clots
Hip Fracture
Difference in leg length
Implant loosening
(and the doctors said that the second joint replacement (Revision
is very hard and the Recovery can be very long
in this point i dont know what should i do
i cant Suffer any more the pain and from the other hand
this Surgery dont seems to be the right Optional
and there is no Turning back since i am doing it and i forget another thing
that a few years back the company Johnson & Johnson
have a major Problem with one of the Hip Replacment
world wide
and people was needed to get another Surgery to Replace it
and i think that i dont trust them so much now
but my doctors are saying that half of the
Hip Replacment in the world are Manufactured by this company
but i think that there is a Financial Motivation here
i need your help to decide i have to take a Decision
i want to know if there is people that have a similar
problem like me and already have a Total Hip Replacment
what can you suggest me and do you satisfied from the Result
or you regret that you hade the operation
are you happy and is your life better now
any suggestion will be gratitude
Many health to all of you


Philadelphia, PA

#2 Aug 24, 2012
That is quite a problem. If you feel that there is something else wrong with your body, following a series of body pains, report to your doctor immediately.

On a similar note, it is also important for the public to know that in August 2010, Johnson and Johnson has finally realized the DePuy hip replacement recall.

See http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawsuit.com/ for more information.

Chula Vista, CA

#3 Jan 20, 2013
I have avn in my right hip. It's idiopathic, which means they don't know why I developed the condition. I had an anterior approach total hip replacement in April 2012. It has been very much worth it. The recovery has been easier than the pain I suffered before having the operation. I wouldn't hesitate getting the new hip, especially if you can have one of the less invasive procedures.

Athens, GA

#5 Feb 2, 2013
I am 41, and also have AVN. Both femoral heads collapsed. I had my left hip replaced Dec. 13th, and I need my right one replaced. I walked around for over 5 years like that (no insurance). The only pain I have now is the hip that needs surgery. I can't wait to get the other one done. I was actually on the internet searching for enough affirmations to convince myself to go running. If you are reasonably healthy you will be walking and driving in a week. I am a cook and I am on my feet all day long. I was back at work 3 weeks after surgery. There was a lot of the "you're pretty young for this type of surgery, you may have to get another one" talk, but I don't think they really understood that I need functioning hips in order to work. If you don't have confidence in your doctor, by all means, see another one. I had several people steer me away from the first doctor I pretty randomly selected, so I switched to one I heard a lot of good things about. I don't know how much pain you are in now, but I was at the point where I had to do something. I had forgot what it felt like to feel good. I am very grateful that I was able to have it done.

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