I am a 44 year old from Ireland. I have been in trouble for about twelve years with both hips. My big problem was the pain in the lower back. Over time a curve developed in my back, which caused me a lot of pain. I used to play a lot of golf, but I had to give this up, as the pain I had afterwards was unbelievable. Basically if I played golf, I would be in pain for five to six days afterwards, which really meant that it wasn’t worth it anymore! In the end I could barely walk, … Read the Rest
I had a right THR in Nov.2006 & a left THR on Oct.21st 2011.
My story began in 2002/2003 when at age 58 I began getting sharp pains in my groin when walking. Family doctor suggested hip problems , so I began my research. I went to Arthritis society meetings & heard orthopedic surgeon Dr. Smit from White Rock ,BC, Canada, give a talk on the Birmingham hip replacement. This sounded like a good alternative to a THR for younger active candidates. So after Xrays & even an MRI I was referred by my family doctor to Dr. Smit. This … Read the Rest
Went to Doctor’s yesterday and he said I will need a new hip shortly. I’ve been having a lot of pain with the hip re-surface. Not been able to lift my leg upwards without lot of discomfort. This has been going on for 18 months or so but lately it’s got very bad and pain in buttock now as well.
I had the op in Feb 2007. I really thought the re-surface would last longer than this or I would have had the THR done instead. Was 54 when op. done and was just told it was better for younger … Read the Rest
Celebrated dancer Wayne Sleep – ‘I needed a hip replacement….
I choose having surgery and ‘The following day I was up on crutches. It was extraordinary – the pain from my back, groin and knee had also disappeared as soon as I’d had the operation. It was like a miracle.’
…Miss Muirhead-Allwood, who is consultant orthopedic surgeon and hip specialist at Princess Grace and founder of The London Hip Unit, explains why she gave Wayne a total hip replacement with a ceramic implant rather than carry out hip resurfacing, in which the ball of the femur is resurfaced rather than … Read the Rest
I am a 52-year-old (now former) female backpacker who was injured in a backpacking fall 3 years ago (my family doctor, who is my age, jokingly calls this ‘old people trying to do sports’).
After the fall, I experienced back pain (caused by 2 ruptured discs, which I now successfully control with physical therapy exercises) and progressive hip pain over the next 2 years. Two different orthopedists in Cincinnati said that while I showed some ‘mild arthritis’ of the hips, I was not a candidate for surgery.
In September 2010, unable to walk up a flight of stairs (I had … Read the Rest
“My story is one of 20 years of gradual hip degeneration, in my case classified as FAI: femoral acetabular impingment, simply a heavily used hip joint from a highly active lifestyle, perhaps initiated by some labrum tear at a moment of particular stress/strain and then progressive involvement of joint tissue with cartilage wear, bone on bone conditions developing, and consequent osteophyte growth.
The images above show over twenty years of osteoarthritis development in my hips, as compared to a normal non-OA hip (blue image), with my left hip showing more severe degeneration and cyst development (right side of image)
I’ve … Read the Rest
March 14, 2010
I’m just out of Jan Palfijn Hospital in Gent after THR revision surgery on Friday. I promise to write everyone individually in the coming days, but here’s the story.
First of all the Belgian people in general and the staff of Anca Clinic and Villa Cento Passi could not have been nicer and have made the experience the best it could have been.
Dr De Smet himself has been incredible. It’s really important to note here that I am probably the first male patient of De Smet’s to lose a resurf to femoral head AVN. He’s been … Read the Rest
Last March I was diagnosed with congenital hip dysplasia. I had been having severe knee pain for about five years prior and I tried all sorts of treatments for my knees. My knees hurt because I needed a hip replacement but didn’t know.
I teach a fitness class daily called Jazzercise and I have been teaching for 8 years. So, the pain of the knees and finally the right hip got the best of me and I couldn’t in good faith step on a stage in front of paying customers in the shape I was in.
In May, 2009, I … Read the Rest
April 19, 2009
I had two hip resurfacings – one on each side – within 5 months of each other in 2007. Surgery was at Columbia in NYC with Dr. Macaulay. Used Birmingham device in both.
From the beginning, I had the impression when I walked that the device implanted on my left side (the later surgery) might be “larger” than the one used on the right side . X-rays looked good so doctor had no concern there. At 10 months, my left hip started clicking when I shifted my weight (no matter how slight). The clicking felt uncomfortable, but … Read the Rest
Guy Churchwood – Patient View of a Total Hip Replacement
Total RIGHT hip replacement, motorbike accident accelerated what was later discovered to be a birth defect where the cup of my hip joint was too shallow.
May 23, 2009
Pre op day
Worry level very low, still felt I was there in the 3rd person e.g. way off timing and not really me.
Discussed with the doc on what was going to happen, what drugs they’d use, there were a large amount of forms filled in one set by the nurse another the
I’m a refugee (Percy Hipkiss) from the other forum – the re-surfacing one which seems more active. Hope this is not an omen !! It now looks as though I’m going to need two thr’s and not re-surfacing as was first mooted.
I went for a pre-op check last week and for a while the specialist and I were talking at cross purposes. He’s always suggested re-surfacing but it seems now he has new data, some new difficulties with stiffness and recommends that as my OA is unusual (in a different place at the bottom of the femur head) that … Read the Rest
I had a ceramic-on-metal THR 3 months ago and am doing great and have no apparent gait problems at all.
I suspect the gait issue is highly individual, depending in part on the orthopedic status and conditioning of the person prior to surgery. I expect broader studies will be done in the future. I’m hoping my unoperated hip holds out for a long time but I plan on keeping my finger on the pulse of the technology in the meantime.
I’m just so happy to be back hiking and bicycling!
The one thing we should all be pushing for is … Read the Rest