Hip replacement- anyone had it done?

After a visit to the GP to arrange a cortisone injection for my hip, things seem top have escalated. I was sent to see a consultant yesterday thinking it was just to have the injection, but he made me have a couple of new x rays, manipulated the joint then said he would not let me have a jab, but I would have to have the hip replaced. He said it would take a couple of months for a place, then 2 or 3 nights in and 2-3 months recovery. It all sounds a bit drastic as it is more of a niggle than a real pain. He wanted me to decide there and then, but I said I would have to think about arranging help for the farm and talk it over with Mrs Fred.
I wondered whether anyone had had it done and how long it took to get back in action. I'm 56, which he said was still on the young side to have it done. :)
 
Its a common operation, you should ask if delaying the operation will have any effect on the joint long term, ie is it worth living with your niggle to delay the operation.

If you are in good health anyway they will have no hesitation putting you on the list for surgery. Its a fairly routine op these days, you may find you are sent to a local centre as opposed to a major hospital.

You won't be lying around in bed long. First day you will be helped to the loo probably, second day you will be given a walker to get about yourself. Physios will be on your case very quickly and get you moving and walking again very shortly.

Ive met many people who have had hips or knees or multiples thereof. Don't be alarmed by fairly extensive bruising after the operation, it normally looks worse than it is.

If you find the morphine or other painkillers don't agree with you tell him so they can switch them to something else.
 

haggard143

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After a visit to the GP to arrange a cortisone injection for my hip, things seem top have escalated. I was sent to see a consultant yesterday thinking it was just to have the injection, but he made me have a couple of new x rays, manipulated the joint then said he would not let me have a jab, but I would have to have the hip replaced. He said it would take a couple of months for a place, then 2 or 3 nights in and 2-3 months recovery. It all sounds a bit drastic as it is more of a niggle than a real pain. He wanted me to decide there and then, but I said I would have to think about arranging help for the farm and talk it over with Mrs Fred.
I wondered whether anyone had had it done and how long it took to get back in action. I'm 56, which he said was still on the young side to have it done. :)
Dad had his hip done about 65 it had been bad for several years living on diclofenac, which gave him other problems,When he finally agreed to have it done he had totally worn away the ball/socket massively enlarged,he was terrified of the op. however after having it done it was the best thing ever,Pre.op he had managed to keep the muscles going by riding his bike to and from the farm,he was soon up and about again,dad was in a lot of pain beforehand,Don't put it off,it really did transform dad,Very best wishes and good luck
 
From your location you may be within the catchment area of Dorchester Hospital. If so try to arrange an appointment with Peter Ward. He's a brilliant surgeon (as well as a gifted cabinet maker in his spare time!). Fixed me nine years ago, aged 54 and no pain or problems since.

Back to full on work in 3 months. Sometimes I need reminding to be careful.........

Feel free to Pm me if you need advice
 

puppet

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sw scotland
A niggle does not warrant hip replacement. It is done to ease the pain. Sometimes the pain is worse after the op. Chest infection, thrombosis, joint infection and occasional death are the complications.
There is no medical condition which cannot be made worse by an operation.
 

JCMaloney

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Mrs M has had both hers done.
Her most recent was done with a minimally invasive procedure and she was out 2 days later. Had it done in August 2018 and walked a marathon 10 months later.
As with any operation there are risks but the NHS are currently trialing "same day" surgery for young, healthy patients.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46597998

Only you know how much pain you are in, the doctor can tell you why, if the joint is shot it won`t get better.
 

Werzle

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Midlands
After a visit to the GP to arrange a cortisone injection for my hip, things seem top have escalated. I was sent to see a consultant yesterday thinking it was just to have the injection, but he made me have a couple of new x rays, manipulated the joint then said he would not let me have a jab, but I would have to have the hip replaced. He said it would take a couple of months for a place, then 2 or 3 nights in and 2-3 months recovery. It all sounds a bit drastic as it is more of a niggle than a real pain. He wanted me to decide there and then, but I said I would have to think about arranging help for the farm and talk it over with Mrs Fred.
I wondered whether anyone had had it done and how long it took to get back in action. I'm 56, which he said was still on the young side to have it done. :)
Speaking to a 67 yr old women last night that had both done last year and she thought it was great and said being active before and after was the key it.
 

haggard143

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Location
Norfolk
Speaking to a 67 yr old women last night that had both done last year and she thought it was great and said being active before and after was the key it.
elderly spinster moved to village years ago had hip done,while still working on farm had popped hip out, fell? off tractor :rolleyes: in her 60's,after that it seemed pop out occasionally.care needed
 

idgni

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Location
Armagh
My Wife is 37 and had hers done at Easter,
Great Job, Pain free in that hip and now waiting to get the other one done,
be grateful you have only got a 2 month to wait, she had been waiting 2 YEARS!!!
 
Thanks very much for the replies. It has given me some food for thought. I think I will have a word with my GP again just to clear up a few questions I have about it and take it from there. :)
 
From your location you may be within the catchment area of Dorchester Hospital.
we must be in the next area over (South Central ) as I was offered consultancy as far away as Basingstoke, but more locally at Poole, Bournemouth and Salisbury. In the end I went to the private one at New Hall nr Salisbury, as it was quickest to get to and was available on NHS Choice. :)
 

puppet

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Location
sw scotland
Speak to your GP. Are you taking regular painkillers. Does it waken you at night. If not then think carefully. At 56 you are likely to need another one eventually. Cement a metal rod into a cylinder 2 inches across. Then try and drill it all out and insert another one. Just saying.
 

Werzle

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Location
Midlands
elderly spinster moved to village years ago had hip done,while still working on farm had popped hip out, fell? off tractor :rolleyes: in her 60's,after that it seemed pop out occasionally.care needed
Certain angles will cause a hip replacement to dislocate if the ligaments/muscles are weak, i think they say dont have your knees above your hips sitting driving etc. Old landrover seat angle was a sod for it
 

idgni

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Location
Armagh
Speak to your GP. Are you taking regular painkillers. Does it waken you at night. If not then think carefully. At 56 you are likely to need another one eventually. Cement a metal rod into a cylinder 2 inches across. Then try and drill it all out and insert another one. Just saying.
My Wife is 37 and the Consultant is adamant that with today's new coatings on hip replacement Joints, compared to even ten years ago, that her joint will do her lifetime,
Red Fred has a 20 yr head start so should be OK also.
Knee are different though and still have a fairly short lifespan
 

puppet

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Location
sw scotland
Historically 58% of hips lasted 25 years. Some are better with only 1 in 12 failing after 15 years assuming the surgeon will use them. Only 25% of new hips in 2016 were the best ones. Source Lancet 2019.
Thers is a risk some people will be worse off after the op. You have to weigh all that up in the timing of the op.
 

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