Increasing number of young people receiving hip replacements: specialists
Young, physically active people don't often come to mind as the typical patient for total hip replacement.
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#1 Jul 16, 2014
Yes, more and more young people are going through back surgeries and hip replacement surgeries these days, and my partner is one of them. He is 37 years old, and between April, 2012 and July, 2013 he had 6 hip replacement surgeries. On the last surgery he told the doctors to just remove everything. He'd had enough. They had all popped out and he had to be opened up each time to put it back together, after they tried and tried to pop them back in without surgery.
You may ask yourself "why" young people are going through this more and more now, and also, why they haven't made a hip replacement that would accommodate someone that young. They obviously move more than an older person and are much more active in general. Another factor that the doctor didn't take into consideration, even after he was told about it, is that my partner is double-jointed! This added additional problems in keeping the apparatus in tact.
I believe that all the stress of daily living these days, along with the fact that there is less support overall from people in general, due to the added pressures of trying to make ends meet in our society, this plays a huge part in how our bodies react. Any problems with the back or hip area are associated with lack of support and constant worrying. How we think has a great impact on how our bodies respond to these thoughts.
If our young people don't start receiving more support, and by support I mean positive interaction with other people, and an actual show of concern and compassion in all areas of life, then we will be seeing more and more of them in this condition, and many other conditions.
We are hoping that someday soon, someone will come up with a hip replacement that will be guaranteed to not pop out at all. At least then, these kids may stand a chance of continuing their lives in a pro-active way.
#3 Jul 16, 2014
As I see it all at my advancing age of 76, and I did a LOT of exercise and dancing all my life, but NEVER a running fool, yes I think they are all fools running 1000's of miles, for WHAT.....to destroy joints sooner...
My parents both lived into 90's and never ran, exercised like nuts and NEVER did any replacements.....mom lived with OA and dad was still a good walker at 96 when he bowed out.
I did a replacement at 72 and it's been a narley outcome,,,a friend went thru one at 82...neither one of us were runners....
My theory and YES I read of SO MANY young folks doing this and end up on a long road of a lot of misery.
There are exceptions, but also there are many alternatives to check into before these drastic surgeries.....
#4 Jul 16, 2014
Right now I'm "thinking" on PRP injections or stem cells for my right messed up knee all worse since replacement.....they are pricey but the cost of the surgeries is astronomical. For a while I'm doing acupuncture 2 times per week and see if more treatments per week will HELP...
#5 Jul 16, 2014
I'd have to ask why a 37 year old NEEDED 6 hip replacements. Either the person is in failing health or they were un-necessary. Having had both hips replaced at age 65 & 67, I can tell you they should be a LAST resort, not a convenience for minor pain. I don't know of anyone that's had a hip replaced prior to age 55. And even then, you can't go back to what you were accustomed to doing when you were young.
#6 Jul 18, 2014
My thoughts are these 6 are "revisions" to the hip replacement(s) this person went thru.
Why so young in the beginning, born with defects, accidents etc.....damage to joints from steroid overuse.....don't know....
#7 Jul 18, 2014
He had to have his first replacement because of an assault and hit and run. The man who assaulted him, after running over his foot with his car, got out of the car and began attacking him, picked him up and threw him in the air, and he landed on his hip. There was severe nerve damage and neuropathic pain, which his doctor told him was at the level of a person with stage 4 cancer. The nerves in his hip and leg were dying. The 5 other hip "revision" surgeries were because the device kept popping out, and they could not get it popped back in without opening him up each time. None of these surgeries were a "convenience", I can assure you. His doctor told him if he didn't have the hip replaced, he could possibly lose his foot because of all the nerve damage that was done. Before his surgeries, there was a time when he could not allow anything, even a sheet, to touch his hip, leg or foot because of the excruciating pain he was in. So yes, I guess you could say this was a "last resort" to save his leg and foot.
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