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Feb 19, 2006
 
I am 49 years old and my Dr. told me I need a hip replacement. I am in so much pain every single day, I can't stand the pain, but my fear of having the surgery is stopping me from the procedure. I have had Hodgkin's Disease, and endured chemo and radiation, and have been in remission for 11 years. Can this surgery make my life worse, or is there anyone out there who has totally benefited from the surgery. I don't know anyone who has had the surgery
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Feb 19, 2006
 
Sarah-I am 49 years old and my Dr. told me I need a hip replacement. I am in so much pain every single day, I can't stand the pain, but my fear of having the surgery is stopping me from the procedure. I have had Hodgkin's Disease, and endured chemo and radiation, and have been in remission for 11 years. Can this surgery make my life worse, or is there anyone out there who has totally benefited from the surgery. I don't know anyone who has had the surgery
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Feb 23, 2006
 
i am only 50 and I had total hip replacement. If I were you sarah I would have it done. It sounds the same as I was. Now it has been 8 weeks and I am very glad I had it done. the process for recovery does take time but right now it was all worth it for sure
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Feb 27, 2006
 

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Sarah,
Dr Kenneth J. Finsand, a board certified Chiropractic, has recommend his patients with chronic pain the mangosteen juice because the juice has helped himself. He is now drug free and virtually pain free after 21 years.
Please contact me if you need more information
dmessah@yahoo.com
Rickey

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Mar 4, 2006
 
Hi Sarah,
My name is Rickey and I reside in Alabama. Am now 57 years old and will be having my second hip replacement Mar. 14. on same hip.(revision surgery) Please do not be afraid of having the surgery. You are only 49 and even with your previous health problems you will benefit greatly from hip repl. You will no longer be in pain, your quality of life will improve greatly. I am honestly looking forward to my second time around because I know how good it will be on the other side. I also was literally scared to death on my first surgery. Was mowing the lawn in four weeksafter surgery. God Bless, Rickey
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Mar 16, 2006
 
Hi Sarah,
My name is Victor and i live in little Northern Ireland and am also 49 and had a hip replacement in Nov past. All is coming on great and i was playing golf within 8 weeks pain free at last. Go for it please you wont regret it honest. Best Wishes and god bless. Victor.
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Mar 17, 2006
 
Sarah wrote:
Sarah-I am 49 years old and my Dr. told me I need a hip replacement. I am in so much pain every single day, I can't stand the pain, but my fear of having the surgery is stopping me from the procedure. I have had Hodgkin's Disease, and endured chemo and radiation, and have been in remission for 11 years. Can this surgery make my life worse, or is there anyone out there who has totally benefited from the surgery. I don't know anyone who has had the surgery
Hello Sarah,
It has been a little over 8 weeks since I had my right hip replacement, and I can tell you I wish I hadn't waited as long as I did to have the procedure done. You will find that your will get your life back, and be pain free. Please have it done and enjoy life again..God bless
Eric
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Mar 18, 2006
 
Sarah,
I'm in your boat, but I'm going ahead with surgery which is scheduled for July. Trying to move it a bit closer since the pain has been getting worse. I spent two years getting Supartz injections in my left hip at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY, which made a big difference. I would walk out pain-free and it would last for a few months. Thought I could hold out for whatever is coming next, but that won't be for a few years. I'm sure they'll be replacing cartilage one of these days, but not for a while. I'm looking forward to not waking up every hour during the night, walking long distances again, and not feeling that awful groan in my hip all the time. Good luck to you and the rest of us.
Roseline
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Mar 25, 2006
 
Sarah wrote:
I am 49 years old and my Dr. told me I need a hip replacement. I am in so much pain every single day, I can't stand the pain, but my fear of having the surgery is stopping me from the procedure. I have had Hodgkin's Disease, and endured chemo and radiation, and have been in remission for 11 years. Can this surgery make my life worse, or is there anyone out there who has totally benefited from the surgery. I don't know anyone who has had the surgery
Sarah - fear not. I have just returned home from the hospital. I had my right hip replaced on 3/20/06 and I am soooo happy I did. Since July 2003 I have been in pain when my right hip started giving me problems and the worst part is that I am a very athletic man. The pain has impeded my active lifestyle and I was trying of limping. y surgery went very well and on Monday night they had me up with a walker. The pain I feel during PT is nothing compared to what I used to endure 24 hours a day and I see progress every day in my strenght. It's amazing. I had a epi (shot in the spine) and I was semi conscious during the operation. It took a little over 90 minutes. The first night in the hospital sucked byt the successeive two night were better and I was released on Thursday after having the surgery on Monday morning.

My doctor has performed over 800 hip replacements, so make sure your doctor is a specialist - do not thrust the surgery to anyone less.

best of luck!
Angela

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Apr 1, 2006
 
roseline wrote:
Sarah,
I'm in your boat, but I'm going ahead with surgery which is scheduled for July. Trying to move it a bit closer since the pain has been getting worse. I spent two years getting Supartz injections in my left hip at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY, which made a big difference. I would walk out pain-free and it would last for a few months. Thought I could hold out for whatever is coming next, but that won't be for a few years. I'm sure they'll be replacing cartilage one of these days, but not for a while. I'm looking forward to not waking up every hour during the night, walking long distances again, and not feeling that awful groan in my hip all the time. Good luck to you and the rest of us.
Roseline
ROSELINE: I was drawn in by your comment because I too attend the Hospital for Special Surgery. I'm only 22 and I was also told I need a hip replacement, but I'm beyond scared. I have Dr. Kelly and Dr. Lorich who are going to try to do bone grafting on my right hip and repair the cartilege. I have to say that I have never been more scared in my life. After doing some on-line research I'm woundering if having the hip replacment might not be such a bad idea after all. However, because of my age the doctors would rather try the bone grafting to try and preserve my hip. Let me know if any of you have had any experience with this before your replacment surgery. I'm looking for any support or anyone of more knowledge then me at this point, because I'm beyond scared to have this done. Yet I was told by the doctors that if I don't do it and the cyst on my hip collapses than I will suffer greatly. But still I totally freaked out by the idea of surgery and extrem pain. In fact I'm so scared that I'm afraid my fear will prevent me from having the surgery. Is there anyone out there who understands what I'm going through?
Beth

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Apr 3, 2006
 
I'm 30 and have been told that I require a hip replacement. I've been having pain on my thigh for about 5 weeks now thinking it's only a sprain or something. I was quite shocked when the doctors told me I needed a total hip replacement because I have Osteonecrosis due to long-term steriod use after a bone marrow transplant 19 years ago and a double lung transplant 2 years ago. I've decided to wait a few weeks to see if the pain will go away. I think I'm in denial and am having a difficult time accepting their diagnosis. *sigh* it never ends. My husband thinks I'm turning into a cyborg. I'm all spare parts =P
Paula-Lansing MI

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#12
Apr 5, 2006
 
To anyone contemplating hip replacement surgery : I would definatley recommend and have it done again. The recovery time was great for me. Lived all my life with the deteriating socket but the medical techniques were not so advanced as they are now. I am now 9 months post surgery and have NO problems! The Dr here was very much involved in the new procedures for using ceramic hips. He is a fairly young Dr so he will be practicing for quite awhile longer. If anyone wants to discuss how I recuperated Was amazing!(I was driving at 5 weeks with Dr approval of course)please e-mail me at pjroselady@yahoo.com
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Apr 8, 2006
 
Dear Angela,
The Hospital for Special Surgery in NY is doing hip resurfacing which is done in England, India, Belgium and I'm sure other countries. This is mainly for younger people since it's not a full hip replacement. Why don't you google hip resurfacing and see what you come up with. The doctor at HSS who is doing this type of surgery is Edwin Su. I think you should look into this.
HSS is a cutting edge hospital and they do 90% of their hip replacements with an epidural, not general anesthesia. They claim there are less complications. You are given mild sedation so you are essentially unconscious, but it's not general so you don't awaken groggy. If anyone has ever had a colonoscopy, it's the same type of sedation. Good luck looking into this.
Roseline
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Apr 13, 2006
 
Hi Sarah,
Take extreme care to choose your hospital and surgeon as in the US, Doctors have not done many reurfacing procedures. The best choices are Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam in Chennai at www.hipsurgery.in
roseline

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Apr 28, 2006
 
Sarah, Dr. Edwin Su at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY is doing hip resurfacing. I believe he may be the only person doing it there. It may be easier to do it there because when you are discharged, they have a hotel/rehab facility right across the street from the hospital.
Not certain if insurance covers any of it.
sandra

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May 29, 2006
 
sarah, i am having a 2nd hips replacement on the same side as i did 6 years ago. the first time around was absolutley no problem but the polypropolyene they used wasn't as strong as it is today. my husband {not a surgeon} but understands plastics has agreed with my doctor, because they now use cross linked poly-propolyene {what ever that means} that the new operation will be so much more sucessful. I am also concerned because I had hoped that my 1st surgery would last at least 10 years and I am now a little afraid too. I am now told that the new sugery lasts from 20 to 30 years which is great. I guess we both have to be brave and beleive that medicine has come a long way in 6 years. I gues we should be brave together. best of luck and good fortune.
Jeff NYC

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#18
Jun 3, 2006
 
Hi All--I am a 45 yr old male in good health. Being a runner for years, I was dx'd with osteoarthritis in my right hip in 2001. Continued to run for a bit until the pain got too bad. I still work out, but over the past year the pain has steadily worsened. I had initially scheduled a hip replacement for June 20, but chickened out. Nayurally, the pain has worsened and I have rescheduled this for July 18--AND THERE IS NO TURNING BACK! Your stories make me feel less apprehensive and more hopeful. I will keep all of you posted. Thanks to all.
Jeff NYC

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Jun 3, 2006
 
Made a typo in line 3--should be NATURALLY
Carleita

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Jun 4, 2006
 
Sarah, looks like we're in the same boat. I too have had Hodgkins Disease since 1988 and a reoccurence in 1999 ...radiation both times - no chemo. However, after many years, the doctors have told me I still have it ..slow growing ...two years ago, I develop ITP (blood disorder)..was given prednisone ...which brought my platelet levels up ..felt a strain in both hips a couple of months ago, and after evaluation ...I was told I need bilateral hip replacements due the steriods ..words cannot describe the neurotic crisis I'm in ...I've scheduled my surgery (after 3 MD opinins)at UCLA for July 21st. I've been looking for any alternative treatment -- to avoid surgery. I started PT 2 wks. ago and it has helped.
I just saw this forum and wanted to share my upcoming/pending surgery.
Take care and thanks for sharing ..

Have you had the surgery yet??
roseline

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#21
Jun 8, 2006
 
Well, my new titanium hip is three weeks old and every day I'm stronger and able to walk a little farther. My only complication was anemia because I lost a lot of blood. I'm over it because I lived on liver and spinach to build up my hemoglobin. Yesterday I walked 1/4 of a mile.
My hip no longer hurts. What I feel is tightness due to swelling that will take a couple of months to go down. I'm able to shower by myself and go up and down stairs and even though I'm still using a cane, I think in a couple of more weeks I'll probably be cane free. I recommend finding a doctor that operates on hips and knees exclusively and frequently and finding a hospital where they use an epidural and not general anesthesia. They use light sedation with an epidural and complications are far fewer. For all of us who know what it's like to live with pain, all the discomfort of the first week or so is worth it. It's a miraculous surgery.

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