Too young for hip replacement

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Julie - Ireland

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Jul 9, 2006
 
I am in the middle of bilateral THR. I never suffered any extreme pain but had a congenital problem which caused total erosion. I had no choice than to have an urgent THR. All going well so far! It's a slow process but everyday iy gets stronger. It's been two months and will go back to hospital in six weeks for round two. he Op is fine, had a epidural which made it much easier. Looking back I think what was I so worried about. I have no fear now facing the second one.
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I am 27 and after 2 years + of extreme pain and range of motion loss, I was finally diagnosed with having complete bone-on-bone osteoarthritis in my right hip. I have zero cartilage, spurring and bursitis. My entire body hurts; the way I walk, the extreme pain when I stand from a seated position, the way I have to lie with all my weight on my hip to be able to sleep, the knee pain...I try not to take my pain meds, but sometimes I just need to!
Does anyone have any advise on whether or not to get the surgery. I have seen 2 specialists, and although both say my only option is THR, they say they do not recommend due to my young age. I don't know how I can go 20 years in pain, but do not want to kill myself slowly through pain meds!
Any advise helps (threwblurryeyes@hotmail.com)
Julie - Ireland

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#24
Jul 9, 2006
 
I'm 26 the way and with care should get 20 years out of my new hips
alex from OZ

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#25
Jul 13, 2006
 
I have just had my left hip replaced, the original plan was to have a hip resurfacing operation but for one reason or the other my surgen decided that he would perform a total hip replacement ,I'm now six weeks post-op , I'm due for the second op in a few weeks and im not sure if i should have the total hip job or just resurfacing. is it a question of balance im very active and im worried that i no long will be able to surf is there any body out there that has had adouble hip replacement operation that has continued to surf and are you able to surf big waves .
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#26
Jul 20, 2006
 
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Moe F Delta Canada wrote:
Pink. I had my first H.R. 17 years ago(56 now) Titanium on Poly, would still be going strong, but got to cocky & tried out a trampoline on Fathers Day this year. Had ball replaced one week ago today. Should be set for life now. GO FOR IT Pink & don't worry, be happy, nothing but blue skys ahead.
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#27
Jul 25, 2006
 
john wrote:
Hello. I am just 21 years old & I have been reccomended for a hip replcament. How reasonable is it? What should be the appropriate type of replacement (Flexi or??)? Kindly, suggest me.
Thanks.
I'm only 17 and have been reccomended
Victoria

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Jul 27, 2006
 
Karen wrote:
My husband who is only 38 years old, very active and has his own construction business needs to have a hip replacement. The doctors in NZ are extremely reluctant to do the surgery due to his age. In the mean time he has to be on extremely strong drugs to mask the pain who knows what these are doing to his insides? Can anyone advise the reasons why he should wait 5-10 years as he has been advised. Can anyone advise of a website that can show successful 'young' hip replacement cases outside of Europe or USA
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I have just turned thirty and had a total hip replacement when I was fourteen years old. This was due to Rheumatoid arthritis eating my joints from an early age. From what I can remember the decision was made to carry out the hip replacement because I was bed ridden for so long and was missing out on school and a normal childs/teenagers life in general. Also if it had been left any longer my joint would have been so worn that a hip replacement would no longer have been possible. It certainly transformed my life and was absolutely necessary for it to be done in my case but I have since had a revision of the replacement in 2003 and it's absolutely true what they say revsisions are much more difficult to go through. Recovery was so much more difficult and it has never felt the same as the first replacement... in fact I have now developed a squeak.... hence visiting this website and I will probably be phoning for an appointment with my surgeon should it continue for much longer!

If your husband can hold out I would say do so for as long as is possible.. I dread my next revision and being so young I know that there are a few more to come, and that these will be progressively harder to get over. Think about it.. they have to cut through the same tissues and muscles repeatedly and it's harder to build these back up each time... there's also the fact that leg length cannot be maintained ...it will probably get shorter than your 'good leg'..if you have one! ;) Mine is only a few millimeteres different due to an excellent surgeon but obviously this will be become a larger difference with each revision. If your husband is still able to function (walking although probably in painf, and still has plenty of bone there to be used) I would personally persevere.

Good luck with everything and with whatever decision you make!:)
Victoria

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Jul 27, 2006
 
Mike AZ wrote:
I am 27 and after 2 years + of extreme pain and range of motion loss, I was finally diagnosed with having complete bone-on-bone osteoarthritis in my right hip. I have zero cartilage, spurring and bursitis. My entire body hurts; the way I walk, the extreme pain when I stand from a seated position, the way I have to lie with all my weight on my hip to be able to sleep, the knee pain...I try not to take my pain meds, but sometimes I just need to!
Does anyone have any advise on whether or not to get the surgery. I have seen 2 specialists, and although both say my only option is THR, they say they do not recommend due to my young age. I don't know how I can go 20 years in pain, but do not want to kill myself slowly through pain meds!
Any advise helps (threwblurryeyes@hotmail.com)
Hi

I have just turned thirty and had a total hip replacement when I was fourteen years old. This was due to Rheumatoid arthritis eating my joints from an early age. From what I can remember the decision was made to carry out the hip replacement because I was in such pain that i couldn't take a step and was bed ridden for so long I was missing out on school and a normal childs/teenagers life in general. Also if it had been left any longer my joint would have been so worn that a hip replacement would no longer have been possible. It certainly transformed my life and was absolutely necessary for it to be done in my case but I have since had a revision of the replacement in 2003 and it's absolutely true what they say revsisions are much more difficult to go through. Recovery was so much more difficult and it has never felt the same as the first replacement... in fact I have now developed a squeak.... hence visiting this website and I will probably be phoning for an appointment with my surgeon should it continue for much longer!

If you can hold out I would say do so for as long as is possible.. I dread my next revision and being so young I know that there are a few more to come, and that these will be progressively harder to get over. Think about it.. they have to cut through the same tissues and muscles repeatedly and it's harder to build these back up each time... there's also the fact that leg length cannot be maintained ...it will probably get shorter than your 'good leg'..if you have one! ;) Mine is only a few millimeteres different due to an excellent surgeon but obviously this will be become a larger difference with each revision. If you're still able to function (walking although probably in pain, and still has plenty of bone there to be used) I would personally persevere.

Good luck with everything and with whatever decision you make! I know it's horrible being in such pain. My advice after living with Rheumatoid arthritis in all of my joints for the last twenty years is take the god damn painkillers.. yes the thought of damage to your insides is scary but you have to weigh up the options I guess!:)
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Jul 31, 2006
 
Hello Mike,
like you 8 months ago i was diagnosed with osteoartritis and feel like im the only person under the age of 30 to have this. Your symptoms are exactly the same as mine and i have been told that i will need a THR in the very near future. My consultant doenst really know what to advise as im his 'one off case'. If i have this done does this mean come when im in my 50s i could be pretty much disabled? think thats what worries me. But its quality of life and im sick of hobbleing round town or not being able to dance on nights out and be a normal 23 year old. its started to affect my job as well as im a primary school teacher anf just cant manage the small chairs anymore.
how does everyone else manage the pain as im sick of taking painkillers?
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#31
Aug 1, 2006
 
mike,read your comments.i am 6 weeks post surgical for thr, on my right hip.i am 45 yrs old and what i heard from my surgeon i went undiagnosed for a long time. no range of motion , no cartilage left, and i need done in both hips.no specific reason for deterioration,possible administration of steriods for asthma when i was a child put me at greater risk for this. i too very anxious about surgery,needed some meds prior to surgery to help relax.i too hate taking pain meds.was off them 7 days after surgery.i can say i am pain free right now.what you have on your side is your age, we bounce back more quickly, 8-10 weeks tops,the first 2 weeks are the hard part, but all of your mobility will return in time.if you wishmore specifics feel free to contact me at mbsuv104@aol
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#32
Aug 17, 2006
 
i shattered my l hip in a motor bike accident when i was 17 and the hip degenarated and got arthritic to the point i could hardly walk on it . at 31 i had total hip replacment i am now 47 and its been great 16 yrs so far of almost pain free movement i do get some slight pain every now and then down the bone where the spike is does anyone else get that ?. xrays show the hip should last for many years yet mine is titanium on poly
cheers dean
Pat Lyons

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#33
Aug 17, 2006
 
I'm 22 and need a hip replacement. does anybody have any advice if i should or shouldn't go ahead with it. I have heard mainly good storys so far about being able to carry on with a normal life instead of being constantly drugged up on strong pain killers that just make you very dosile and even affect your sex life.
Pat Lyons

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#34
Aug 17, 2006
 
RB irl wrote:
<quoted text> I'm only 17 and have been reccomended
I've been told that a flexi is best and am unsuitable for a resurface and need a full replacement. Very worried and it's only just hit home what exactly am about to have done but if it can improve my life then i really do believe it to be worth every risk
MIKE

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#35
Aug 22, 2006
 
I AM A 45 YR OLD ACTIVE IN SHAPE MALE.I COACH LITTLE LEAGUE AND BABE RUTH BASEBALL.I HAVE BEEN PUTTING OFF MY RT HIP PLACEMENT FOR THE PAST 3 YRS. THE MAIN REASON FOR THIS IS THE FINACIAL ASPECT. NO WORK, NO PAY CHECK. I'VE BEEN TOLD BY MY DR. THAT I WILL BE OUT OF WORK FOR UP TO 8 WEEKS.MY COMPANY JUST OFFERED A DISABILITY PLAN BUT BECAUSE I HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION I HAVE TO WAIT 1 YEAR. I CAN NOT NOT WAIT 1 YR. THE PAIN IS TO GREAT GREAT.I WOULD LIKE TO TALK W/ MEN WHO ARE IN THEIR 40'S AND HAVE A SIMILAR LIFE STYLE AS MYSELF TO SEE IF ANYONE HAS GONE BACK TO WORK IN LESS TIME.CORRESPONDING BY EMAIL WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. SALTYMAN@COMCAST.NET
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#36
Sep 8, 2006
 
I recently had a hip replacement. Is there anyone out there that is longboard surfing after a hip replacement? any info is helpful
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#37
Sep 9, 2006
 
Hi Pink,
I'm 29 and up for hip replacements within the next year. I have advanced osteoarthritis in both hips, with very little cartilege remaining and bone spurs causing pain when they catch. I've been advised to look at two different types of replacement - ceramic total replacement, and metal resurfacing. Both are pretty strong, and would certainly weight bear through a pregnancy with no problem. Ceramics are a little less hardy, and require total removal of the ball, but have been used by some surgeons for 30 years + with good results. Metal resurfacing appears to be a little stronger from initial results, and requires less bone removal, but has only been used for about 10 years. There is also some concern that metal dust may cross the placenta and potentially affect an unborn child. Both types of replacement have 30 year plus lifespans if treated with some care.
Hope this is helpful.
pink wrote:
I am 23 and need hip replacement at some point,, once i cannot stand the pain. My arthritis causing the bone to grow a hook/bump stoping a lot of motion and when i sleep i wake up still and stuck in my position for a while untill i can stretch out =/
I was wondering after hip replacement, can i hold a lot more weight? Because I may want a child at some point,, doing it now I would be in extreme pain, but what about after the surgery?
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#38
Sep 9, 2006
 
I have had hip pain for 2 yrs,male,45 yrs old,I believe an old skiing accident,karate,drinking,has contributed to my left hip deterioration.I am planning a THR in Nov.my question is.........."What did you do pre-op, to increase post-op recuperation"
Stacey L Wright

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#39
Sep 14, 2006
 
Hello,
I am 45 and have just been told that due to arthritis I will need a hip replacement, but I also was cautioned to try and wait until I am 50.
Did any of you who had your hips replaced get a 2nd opinion prior to getting your surgery?
Tim

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#40
Sep 15, 2006
 
Hi:
I am currently on my second hip and am 51 years old. I had my hip replaced in 1977,(I was 22) and then replaced again in 1996. Thus far, o.k. I am extremely active. I live in the Rocky Mountains and I mountain bike, road bike, hike, snow shoe, and water/snow ski. If you're young and your hip hurts - go for it. Just make sure your doctor is a sports oriented doctor.
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#41
Sep 24, 2006
 
I am 38 years old I was in a Motorcylce accident last year and crushed my hip/pelvis. I have plates and screws holding it together. Over the last few weeks arthritis has set in and I can no longer walk sit or sleep without being in PAIN. I am taking pain meds but the pain is still there. My dr says I am to young for hip replacement and because I have a past(years ago) of iv drug use I am not a good candidate and at to high risk for infection. He wants to give me steriod injections.
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#42
Sep 28, 2006
 
Renjust wrote:
I am 38 years old I was in a Motorcylce accident last year and crushed my hip/pelvis. I have plates and screws holding it together. Over the last few weeks arthritis has set in and I can no longer walk sit or sleep without being in PAIN. I am taking pain meds but the pain is still there. My dr says I am to young for hip replacement and because I have a past(years ago) of iv drug use I am not a good candidate and at to high risk for infection. He wants to give me steriod injections.
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