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CB - 02/04/98 21:33:05
My
City, State, Country: STAFFORD, CT
Age: 41
Sex: MALE
What is the cause of your hip problems?: TRAUMA... FELL OFF A ROOF
What is/was your profession?: ED PHYSICIAN
Comments:
GLAD TO SEE A SUPPORT GROUP LIKE THIS EXISTS! FEW PEOPLE THAT I KNOW HAVE A SIMILAR CONDITION. LATEST SURGERY WAS A TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT, AND THE ONLY CONCERN I HAVE IS THAT IT FEELS TOO GOOD. I HAVE TO CONSCIOUSLY AVOID BEING TOO AGGRESSIVE WITH THE HIP NOW 11 MONTHS POST-OP AND I HAVE SKIED, SNOWBOARDED, HIKED, BIKED ETC. ETC. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR OTHER SUCCESS STORIES, DETAILS OF PROSTHESIS LONGEVITY, LIMITATIONS TO ACTIVITIES.


A. C - 02/04/98 05:19:09


City, State, Country: Norman, OK, USA
Age: 53
How many hip surgeries have you had?: 1 THR 1/28/98
What is the cause of your hip problems?: OA
What is/was your profession?: Housewife
Comments:
Thank God for this webpage. My wife has suffered for 27 years. Her hip started popping, then sleepless painful nights, then Ansaid for 7 years, now THR. I did not find this page until after her surgery. We have not been able to find out much about life after THR. Her surgery was done at McBride Bone and Joint which they claim is #3 in hips and #2 in knees. They do wrists, elbows, ankles, etc. Everything is hearsay, but they claim to average 15 years on THR's with the record at 30 years and still going. Those hips were only made to last 5-7 years. The new one my wife has was designed for 20 years and they expect her to never need a replacement at age 53. One nurse in the outside smoking area says the only dislocation problem my wife's surgeon has ha was with a farmer that jumped off a moving hay wagon with a 75 lb bale of hay only 4 months after surgery..."heck, it's part of my job, Doc", you shoulda fixed it better. My wife had surgery 1/28 and refused her morphine on 1/29. Also on 1/29 she walked 100 feet with a walker. On 2/3 she graduated to a cane and that afternoon they let her walk without one. She is coming home on 2/5 for several weeks of outpatient therapy at a local facility. She is down to 4 pills a day. Her only complication so far is qn upset stomach and a low grade fever (99.4). I think a lot of that is being cooped up in the hospital. What I am looking for is just what is a THR capable of after a year or so. Is there a possibility of it lasting 20+ years like they say they exp ct here. Friends tell us that this is a world class Bone and Joint hospital and we were lucky to have moved here before the surgery. Please respond with what to expect.


Lyn M- 02/04/98 05:15:49
My
City, State, Country: San Diego, CA
Age: 53
What is the cause of your hip problems?: Congenital, OA
What is/was your profession?: Legal secretary
Comments:
Hi, everyone! I had my first post-op exam today (surgery was January 15) and got an excellent report. I'm walking without support at home and only take my cane on longer walks around the neighborhood, doing PT 3 times a week, hoping to get into an Arthr swim class soon. Doctor relieved me of the lovely white stockings, but I forgot to ask him how long I have to use the abduction wedge. Does anyone know a rule of thumb? I go back for 3 month checkup in April and will then be cleared to go dancing -- hurray! Many thanks to all of you who have responded to my questions. It's been really helpful. Lyn in San Diego


Jeff D- 02/04/98 00:00:53

City, State, Country: Atlanta, GA
Age: 42
Sex: Male
How many hip surgeries have you had?: None yet
What is the cause of your hip problems?: Unsure
What is/was your profession?: Software Analyst
Comments:
I've been diagnosed with AVN. The cause is really unknown as far as I'm concerned. I've had small doses (10 days maybe on oral steroids) of steroids for a asthmatic condition triggered from a chest cold about two years back and I take a drink or two every ay. I'm not convinced that either caused AVN, could have though. I was diagnosed about nine months ago. I was playing basketball on one Friday and limping back to work on Monday thinking I had sustained a groin pull. I now have light to moderate pain when I walk, more annoying than anything, but it causes me to limp sl ghty most of the time. The first doctor recommended core decompression with the advice of the 50/50 get well outcome. He didn't want to do THR yet. The second opinion of another doctor thought core decompression was not worth having given the success rate and longevity of relie . He recommended that you go as long as you can bear the pain, and then look at THR. NOT a pleasant thought. I'm hoping that someone may share their views on core decompression. How was the surgery and recoup time? How long was it effective? Seems like the 50/50 theory holds true. Nine months after diagnosis, I wonder if my chances are less than that. I think th t every day I wait to think about it goes against the option of core decompression. Doctors say to report very 4-6 months for xrays to monitor progress. Last xrays showed AVN was progressing some even though I was hoping for the miracle of idiopathic reversal. I have prepared myself (or in the process of) for THR one day. The website is great! Your comments provide some hope and valued companionship. Any of your thoughts would be appreciated. Anyway, take care and good luck in the future!

Margaret - 02/03/98 23:27:35

City, State, Country: Santa Clara, CA 95051
Age: 47
Sex: Female
What is the cause of your hip problems?: AVN
What is/was your profession?: Healthcare Administrator
Comments:
I was diagnosed with bilateral AVN (idiopathic) in Nov. '97, had core decompression of left hip Dec. 11, 1997. I'm still learning about the condition, and prefer a conservative approach to surgery. My surgeon wants to delay THR as long as possible, so w agree! My impulse is to put off surgery on my right hip as long as possible - unless doing so would have a negative effect on the surgery's success. I feel fortunate to have discovered this website, Linda. A positive, upbeat attitude is important, and anyone living with chronic pain can find that challenging. God Bless!


Liz W- 02/03/98 14:11:25

City, State, Country: NYC
Age: 42
How many hip surgeries have you had?: One-March 1997
What is the cause of your hip problems?: Rheumatoid Arthritis
What is/was your profession?: College Administrator
Comments:
I have had RA for many years, and in the last five nothing seems to help. I've failed virtually all recognized drug therapies. In Fall 1996 xrays showed all the cartilage gone in the right hip. By 2/97, the pain was so bad I couldn't put any weight at ll on it and couldn't sit in a chair. I had it replaced in March '97 by Dr. Douglas Padgett at the Hospital for Special surgery in NYC. I was surprised at how easily it all went, and the relatively small amount of post-op pain (and I'm a real sissy!). A d it's just wonderful to get rid of that awful bone-grinding-on-bone pain! 11 months later, though, I find that it's quite uncomfortable at times and stiff. My other hip's shot now, and I use either crutches or a cane to walk. -Certainly, I am not stressing the replaced hip. I'd be interested in hearing from other people about this. Will it ever feel "normal"? Am I being overly sensitive? I know this isn't true, but I feel like I'm the only one who didn't have a "miracle" recovery.


Deby M 02/03/98 05:27:52

City, State, Country: St. Louis, MO USA
Age: 41
Sex: Female
What is the cause of your hip problems?: Avascular necrosis (AVN)
What is/was your profession?: Webmistress
Comments:
I've had titanium hips for almost 3 years, and except for a little mishap in the bathtub, I can't tell they're not real. No pain. I walk (no running or skipping, or skydiving). I would like to erect a statue of my orthopedic surgeon in my living room. )


Dick E - 02/03/98 02:48:17

City, State, Country: Weirton, WV
Age: 44
Sex: male
What is the cause of your hip problems?: avn
What is/was your profession?: steelworker
Comments:
After six years and four operations, I'm still in pain. Does it ever end?


Will W

 02/03/98 01:04:30

City, State, Country:
Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Age: 41
Sex: not for a little while!
How many hip surgeries have you had?: 1 (left side)
What is the cause of your hip problems?: AVN
What is/was your profession?: Mechanical Engineer

Comments:
Had my left THR on 1/29/98. Went home today (2/2/98). Surgeon declared it a "textbook" procedure. No real pain, infection, swelling, etc. I feel really lucky after reading some of these stories... I will be confined to home for six weeks. Interested in swapping anecdotes with one and all!


kelly - 02/02/98 06:21:28
 

City, State, Country: vancouver,wa, usa
Age: 35
Sex: female
How many hip surgeries have you had?: none
What is the cause of your hip problems?: car accident
What is/was your profession?: manager for McDonalds

Comments:
I WAS IN A CAR ACCIDENT OCTOBER 1995. FRACTURED MY LEFT HIP AND PELVIS, L1AND 5 VERTABRAE, AND TWEEKED MY LEFT KNEE. I AM VERY INTERESTED IN TALKING TO PEOPLE IN THE SAME SHAPE I'M IN. I WOULD LIKE INFORMATION ON WEIGHT LOSS, AND PAIN MANAGEMENT AS WELL AS THR. TALK TO YOU SOON.


Carol A

 02/02/98 01:07:15

City, State, Country: Mulvane Kansas
Age: 33
Sex: Female
How many hip surgeries have you had?: one
What is the cause of your hip problems?: CDH
What is/was your profession?: Stockbroker

Comments:
Hi All: Just an update: I completed my hip replacement on October 29th and it is now Jan. 30 and I am just now getting to where I feel half way decent...Hope things get better soon

 

Don B

 - 02/02/98 00:12:54
My

City, State, Country: Northern Va.
Age: 39
Sex: male
What is the cause of your hip problems?: osteo arthritis
What is/was your profession?: Marine

Comments:
I would like to thank all of the folks that have put their information on their THR. As an active duty Marine, I have lead a very active lifestyle. My Doc sayes that is one of the reasons that I need to have my hip replaced. One to many force marches guess. While I know that I will not be able to run any more marathons, I hope to still live an active life. I will let everyone know how the operation goes. The date of the operaitons is the 4th of Feb. From what I have read, swimming is one of the b st ways to get back in shape. Good luck to all of those out there waiting for their operation and rehabilitation. Semper Fi.


Judy - 02/01/98 04:07:39
My


City, State, Country: Oklahoma
Age: 34
Sex: female
What is the cause of your hip problems?: congenital, OA
What is/was your profession?: office manager

Comments:
I was born with this lovely hip, first hip surgery at age 7,(bone grafting to form new hip). Worked great till I hit my 20's. 1984 they preformed a Chiari procedure, (the pain was unreal and swore I would never have another hip surgery). But the surgery did work great and over the years forgot about pain until I hit my 30's. 1996 my arthritis took over and had to go on disability. July 1997 pain so great I went for THR. Still walking with a cane and pain still in my thigh, (but pain is not as intense s before). Glad I found Miss Linda's Group. You sure do help my depression and give me hope! My prayers to all of you.


Cathy - 02/01/98 03:06:03
Age: 34
What is the cause of your hip problems?: osteoarthritis
What is/was your profession?: coordinator
Comments:
I am a active horseback rider and hiker who had THR of my right hip in 1995. I just wanted to let everyone know that yes there is life after THR. My recovery went well and I have not had any problems since the surgery. I am able to ride my horse and hik without any pain, which is incredible to me. I was a little concerned after reading all the stories of revision surgeries. It sounds like it happens more frequently than I thought it did. I know my hip won't last forever, but I plan on enjoying life w th my new hip until the next time around. Good luck to everyone who is facing upcoming THR surgery, and remember to think positive!!!


Karen H

01/29/98 22:56:20
My

City, State, Country: Clinton, TN USA
Age: 33
How many hip surgeries have you had?: 1 Core Decompression, awaiting THR on left
What is the cause of your hip problems?: AVN due to prednisone use
What is/was your profession?: Homemaker/ Computer Programmer

Comments:
I have AVN in both hips. I developed AVN after using prednisone for nearly 20 years. Seems there was no other way to treat LUPUS then. I wish that Dr's would quit prescribing prednisone so frequently. Most of them don't seem to relize that AVN is a sid effect. Anyway, the AVN in the left hip was found after doing an xray. A MRI showed that it is in the right. I am in stage 2 in the right (hence the core decompression) and advanced stage 4 in the left. The core decompression surgery was not bad, just taying on crutches for so long was hard. I have a 2 (almost 3 year old daughter) and sometimes she is hard to keep up with! I am off crutches now and have no pain in the right hip and the pain in my left hip is bearable. I have a slight limp, but hope hat the THR sugery is not in my near future. The Doc seems to think it may be a year or so. Thank goodness for this website, because you guys have been more informative than most of the doctors! THANKS!!!


Betty - 01/29/98 21:45:02

City, State, Country: Fair Lawn, NJ USA
Age: 50
Sex: female
How many hip surgeries have you had?: 2 going on 3
What is the cause of your hip problems?: acetablum fracture from car accident
What is/was your profession?: pharmacy technician
Comments:
Just a few points I meant to bring up in my previous story submission.... 1) one good thing that came out of all this is that I did quit smoking....about 2 packs a day before the accident. Since I could not smoke in any health facility I was in and I was disabled and could not go outside myself to smoke, I simply gave it up. do miss it however, as I really enjoyed smoking. 2) Due to the above, I gained about 25 pounds. Although I am not eating much more than I used to, I believe this weight gain is due to a combination of being so inactive and stopping smoking, which did speed up metabolism. I wonder if anyone has also experienced weight gain...and what they were able to do about it. 3) The new surgery date my surgeon gave me is April 2nd. Irony is that I sought this new surgeon because the previous surgeon told me I would have to wait until May for THR and that was so far away. Well, this is almost the same thing all these months later. Irony upon irony...April fool! 4) After the surgeries, I noticed I have numbness in my right foot, right thigh and two fingers on my left hand. Doctors say I probably have nerve damage that may or may not return. Nobody knows. I wonder if anyone else has had this and what, if anything, they can tell me about it. 5) Doctors lie.....first my doctor told me it would take 2-4 weeks to make the new implant; then it was 6....then it was 8 weeks. He says he can only go by what the manufacturer says. What are they building? A nuclear reactor, a rocket ship? Do you think rich and famous people have to wait this long?? I'm real disappointed about how my situation has been handled. And I feel at a loss and at the mercy of people who really don't care. Thanks again, Linda...for this forum. I really wish you and all THR people a complete and speedy recovery.


Betty - 01/29/98 21:01:16
City, State, Country: Fair Lawn, NJ USA
Age: 50
Sex: Female
How many hip surgeries have you had?: 2 so far
What is the cause of your hip problems?: acetablum fracture from car accident
What is/was your profession?: pharmacy technician
Comments:
This started with a devastating car accident on May 3, 1997. I was a passenger in my chevrolet caprice classic and was hit head-on by an "Aid to Dependent Children" van which made a left turn into the wrong lane facing the wrong way. As a result of the accident I incurred a humerus facture in my left arm and the acetablum of my right hip was fractured. I had surgery on May 8th to repair the fracture which is held together by 2 plates and 23 screws. My orthopedic surgeon who had repaired a tibial platea fracture of my left knee about 11 years prior, told me that I should be okay with therapy in about 3 months. I remained in the hospital for two and a half weeks and then was transferred to Kessler Rehabilitation Center...which is famous for Christopher Reeve having been there. Problem was I was not weight bearing on my right leg and with my left arm in a sling the fracture healed without surgery), I was unable to do much therapy. After two weeks I went home. I went to the doctor about two weeks later and he informed me that my hip had dislocated...of which I was not even aware. I went back to the hospital to have it repositioned. In October, the doctor informed me that my hip had deteriorated and I would need a total hip replacement. But he did not ant to do the procedure until next May because of continuing bone growth...which would push the implant out of place. I then went to seek a second opinion. The new doctor (who was recommended by an orthopedic doctor who said if he were to have THR, this is the man he would use), told me there was no reason to wait. The bone growth could be stemmed by radiation treatment after the surgery. The dosage was low radiation so it was not considered hazardous. I proceeded to have the THR on November 20, 1997 with an uncemented standard implant. After 5 days I was sent home. I subsequently dislocated my hip three times. The doctor says I will need another hip replacement with a new implant that is specially m de for people who continually dislocate. The femur head is covered and inhibits the patient from dislocating. Downside is if you do dislocate, it requires another operation. With the implant I now have, when I dislocated the doctors were able to put it back in place externally with conscious sedation. It did not require surgery or any stay in the hospital. Because of all the surgeries, length of recuperation times and disappointments, I am continually depressed. I am wearing a hip brace that was made for me when I dislocated the first time back in June. It does prevent me from dislocating but it is very c mbersome and uncomfortable, particularly to sleep with. I don't go out of the house, haven't worked since last May and am slowly losing my mind. I was very active prior to this and the loss of my sex life has been devastating to my marriage and self-est em. My husband and I have not had any relations since before the accident last May as we are always afraid of another dislocation. Total dislocations thus far...4. Promises kept by doctors...0. I have lost faith in the medical profession and feel that y life will never be the same. I almost wish I had not survived the accident...as life the way it is now for me, is not worth living. Sorry to have rambled on.....but I feel a little better expressing my feelings. Thanks Linda, for a great web site.


Todd K. G - 01/29/98 17:23:44

City, State, Country: Kansas City, Missouri
Age: 32 (September 30th--send presents)
Sex: Male
How many hip surgeries have you had?: Two
What is the cause of your hip problems?: AVN
What is/was your profession?: Training Consultant
Comments:


Max - 01/29/98 14:19:20

City, State, Country: bayside,ny usa
Age: 66
How many hip surgeries have you had?: 2 going on 3
What is/was your profession?: sales
Comments:


Cheryl J

 01/29/98 02:22:10

City, State, Country: Louisville, Ky USA
Age: 38
What is the cause of your hip problems?: Osteoarthritis
What is/was your profession?: Service Representative

Comments:
I had my right hip replaced 01/13/98. I got out of the hospital on 01/16/98. I'm walking around with one crutch. My biggest complaint is discomfort when I sleep - so I don't get much sleep yet. Also, my doctor had to add 1 1/2" leg length to my leg wh ch causes my muscles to be tight and my knee is drawing inward. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm going to see my doctor on Feb 5th and will get more info about it then. I have so many questions to ask him. I think I want to do too much. I have o slow down I think. I just do my exercises each day - no therapist comes or anything. These days it seems like your by yourself a bit when it comes to recovery. I am anxious to see how I progress and my hope is no pain, no limp, and lots of movement i the joint. Good luck to all.


John D

01/28/98 06:14:21
 

City, State, Country: Cheektowaga NY
Age: 63
Sex: Male
How many hip surgeries have you had?: soon my first
What is the cause of your hip problems?: arthritis
What is/was your profession?: foreman at USAIR

Comments:
I want to thank you for this site. I have been very upset at the thought of having my hip done and exactly what they would do to me. You have explained the entire process wonderfully and I most sincerely appreciate your candid honesty. Thank You, And May God Bless You Linda and all of your Support Group. John D


Deborah - 01/28/98 04:22:06

City, State, Country: Cleveland, Ohio USA
Age: 41
Sex: Female
What is the cause of your hip problems?: AVN
What is/was your profession?: Exec. Assistant
Comments:
I had a fibula revacularization graft done 2 years ago because of AVN. My thoughts were - I would be better off if I could keep my original parts as long as possible. That is why I chose the graft over the THR. After 7 months of chronic pain I went to y medical doctor to ask his opinion as to the slow healing. He asked me what my bone density was. You see, I had a hysterectomy when I was 24. Therefore, since the success of the surgery hinged upon my being able to produce healthy bone, one would thin that a smart doctor would check that, wouldn't one??? Much to my surprise, I found out that I have severe osteoporosis. My problem now is that I am still in pain. I am losing range of motion, and all the other things. My fear is having THR done and having my femur break or them not being able to support the implant and not being able to walk again. Any suggestions???


Stuart B

01/27/98 06:02:29

City, State, Country: Kadoma, Zimbabwe
Age: 20!!!!!
Sex: male
How many hip surgeries have you had?: none yet! going in soon
What is the cause of your hip problems?: car accident (steroids in hospital)
What is/was your profession?: Electrician/computer installer

Comments:
Hi there! About 13 months ago I was involved in a serious car accident, and underwent major head surgery. As a result I was put on a large dose of steroids and gained 26 kg in 3 weeks!! Then 9 months down the line (after I had been tohell and back) I was Told I had avascular necrosis.


Lyn M

01/27/98 04:08:45

City, State, Country: San Diego, CA
Age: 53
What is the cause of your hip problems?: congenital, OA
What is/was your profession?: Legal secretary

Comments:
So glad to find this resource and to read all of your stories. Thank all of you for sharing. I had THR on 1/15/98 and am doing great. No hip pain at all, only discomfort around the incision. Am doing physical therapy 3 X a week for the next 3-4 weeks nd then hope to get back to work. Surprisingly, I miss it! Would love to hear from any and all of you, especially anyone in the San Diego area. Linda, keep up the good work!


Kris A

01/27/98 03:27:00
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City, State, Country: Menlo Park, CA USA
Age: 41
Sex: Female
What is the cause of your hip problems?: Avascular Necrosis

Comments:
My first hip surgeries were when I was 11 yrs old because of slipped bilateral femoral epiphysis. I had pins installed in each hip, in a body cast for 3 months then the pins removed 10 month s later. Everything seemed ok until I was about 20 and started h ving pain in the left hip. I was diagnosed with avascular necrosis and told that I would need THR one day but I needed to put it off as long as possible because the surgery was so new and I was so young. This advice put me on a course of NSAID's for abo t 20 years until they didn't work any more, and I couldn't take the pain any longer. I had my THR on my left hip in Nov. 1996. I had the non-cement bone ingrowth type that is supposed to take a year to heal. It is now 14 months post surgery and I am s ill in a lot of pain. I can't take any pills except Tylenol because I developed an ulcer from all of the ibuprofen over the years. My surgeon assures me to be patient. My x-rays show that the stem, and ball and socket are in perfect position with no loosening. He can't really explain my pain except to say that women often have a tougher time to heal because the stem put into the femur is larger in diameter and because women's bones are thinner. This might explain my pain that goes down to my knee, but e can't really explain the joint pain I am still having. Let me say I have had complete faith in this doctor. He is the top in his field from Stanford. One thing that has bothered me is that he has never advocated any physical therapy for me whatsoever He says all I need to do is walk, ride a stationary bike or swim. All three of these hurt my hip and I end up limping even more. I would like to know if any of you other THR recipients were told that physical therapy wasn't necessary. Is it too late or me to derive any benefit now? I am in a very stressful transition of my life right now, and I am still in a lot of pain. I need to make some important decisions and I don't have another 6 months to wait it out. Any advice out there? Many thanks.....Thank God I found this site....


Frank - 01/27/98 02:11:46

City, State, Country: STONEHAM,MA
Age: 40
What is the cause of your hip problems?: ARTHRITIS/INJURY
What is/was your profession?: X TRUCK DRIVER
Comments:
THR ON 10/17/97 DOING BETTER THAN I EVER HOPE. WALKING WITH OUT CRUTCHES OR CANE SINCE1/1/98.P.T. AND WATER WALKING ARE HELPING TO GET MY MUSCLE BACK . ITS TWO STEP FORWARD AND HALF STEP BACK


Barb - 01/27/98 01:03:01

City, State, Country: Pittsfield, Mass.
Age: 47
How many hip surgeries have you had?: many
What is the cause of your hip problems?: congenital, arthritis
What is/was your profession?: music teacher,organist
Comments:
I had my first replacement 15 years ago. Since then my left side was replaced four times due to loosening of hips. The 4th time I fractured the trochanter getting into bed. This happened in May of 94, and despite 3 bone graft surgeries, it still has no healed. My doctor wants to put a piece of my pelvic bone into the fracture to see if it will heal. Anybody ever had this procedure done? Due to my uneven gait, my other hip wore out and I had that replaced in June of 97. It's doing well. Any suggestions for good surgeons in Boston or N.Y. city for a second opinion?


Barb K - 01/27/98 00:05:59

City, State, Country: Pittsfield, Ma. usa
Age: 47
How many hip surgeries have you had?: 10
What is the cause of your hip problems?: congenital dislocation
What is/was your profession?: teacher/organist
Comments:


bob k

01/26/98 11:23:49

City, State, Country: mentor, ohio (cleve)
Age: 45
Sex: could there be any question but with my lovely wife
How many hip surgeries have you had?: one
What is the cause of your hip problems?: wear & tear - arthritis
What is/was your profession?: manu. supervisor

Comments:
had thr on right side, jan 19th, 1998. so far everything seems alright. i am going to see the doctor today about sever pain in right leg about 4 inches below incesion, hope this is normal. if anybody has any advice for somebody in my position, it will be reatly appreciated! doctor says i will probably need left one done in near future. i have three step daughters and two of my own, all girls. hopefully this operation will permit me to contine coaching them in softball, and enjoying our kids in the way tha god meant them to be.


bob k 01/26/98 11:22:10

City, State, Country: mentor, ohio (cleve)
Age: 45
Sex: could there be any question but with my lovely wife
How many hip surgeries have you had?: one
What is the cause of your hip problems?: wear & tear - arthritis
What is/was your profession?: manu. supervisor
Comments:
had thr on right side, jan 19th, 1998. so far everything seems alright. i am going to see the doctor today about sever pain in right leg about 4 inches below incesion, hope this is normal. if anybody has any advice for somebody in my position, it will be reatly appreciated! doctor says i will probably need left one done in near future. i have three step daughters and two of my own, all girls. hopefully this operation will permit me to contine coaching them in softball, and enjoying our kids in the way tha god meant them to be.


Bob M

 01/25/98 14:08:20

City, State, Country: Winston-Salem, NC
Age: 43
How many hip surgeries have you had?: 1; 1 pending
What is the cause of your hip problems?: AVN
What is/was your profession?: Destination Marketing

Comments:
Diagnosed in August 1997 with AVN, I wasted no time and scheduled my first THR for September 3, 1997. Result has been terrific. I have no more pain, am walking smoothly, and am able to function normally without difficulty. My next THR will be scheduled sometime this year. I'm not looking forward to that, but at least now I know the drill. The surgery isn't nearly as bad as the anticipation. To all hippies...hang in there. There is relief, and your turn at a pain-free existence is just around the bend!


Mike A

 01/25/98 01:41:54

City, State, Country: Wayne, NJ
Age: 54
Sex: Male
How many hip surgeries have you had?: one so far
What is the cause of your hip problems?: osteoartheritis
What is/was your profession?: sales manager

Comments:
What a pleasant surprise to find this web site - looks terrific! Had right THR 11/25/97 and have been driving for a week and back to work for three weeks. Can get rid of the crutches in another three weeks and 3 days but who is counting! So far all going ell. I want to get back to the gym where I have been limited to walking treadmill and some general work on the machines and with weights for a year or more - until that time did a lot of aerobics. Encouraged by some of comments from other hippies. I guess it is a matter of slowly does it and plenty of patience. Does anyone know of program/timetable that goes beyond the post operative exercise routine?

Meyer - 01/24/98 23:49:13

City, State, Country: Alabama (temporarily)
Age: 35
Sex: Male
What is the cause of your hip problems?: steriod induced AVN (prednisone)
What is/was your profession?: Senior Project Manager For Large General Contractor
Comments:
In October of 1997, I was diagnosed with Cluster headaches. Prednisone and Verapamil were prescribed to treat headaches. After taking predinisone for nine days (80mg/day), I experienced severe hip pain. Could not walk at all for four days. After serie of MRIs, I was diagnosed on December 16, 1997 with stage 1 AVN. Currently awaiting next MRI (01/28/98) to determine the severity of AVN and determine course of action. I would welcome any information or shared experiences regarding short term use stero d induced AVN, core decompression, vascularized fibular bone grafting, alternative therapies, words of encouragement etc...


Ellen M. - 01/24/98 15:43:32

City, State, Country: Pittsburgh,Pa.
Age: 49
How many hip surgeries have you had?: none yet
What is the cause of your hip problems?: AVN-undetermined cause
What is/was your profession?: Banker-Lending
Comments:
After a sudden painful reaction to home exercising, I was surprised to discover I had AVN-both hips in Oct.'97. Since then, I just received a second opinion confirming the first but this physician gave me an option with the Right Hip for Vascularized Bone Graft which he says is 90% successful The right hip is Stage II. The left hip is Stage III or IV and I guess if the pain advances, I'll have to have THR. I am currently trying to decide, through investigation, if I want the bone graft. My mobility is limi ed- both sides.


Linda P

01/23/98 19:06:55

City, State, Country: New York City, NY
Age: 45
Sex: With my husband
How many hip surgeries have you had?: awaiting #1 in left hip
What is the cause of your hip problems?: oa
What is/was your profession?: Minister- responsible for global humanitarian relief

Comments:
In an effort to raise money for landmine victims, I took pledges per 1,576 steps of the Empire State Building Race February 1996. Experienced a strange gripping groin pain but shrugged it off. It slowly got worse. Thought it was some kind of muscle tear -- rested it, exercised it, iced it, to no avail. Knee pain and inability to rotate have now left me limping and hobbling around. Hesitantly have made the decision and am scheduled for surgery March 6-- World Day of Prayer. Am terrified, my own faith seems so inadequate. Am strengthened by others' stories. Thank you Linda B., for ministering to me.


Natalie C

 01/22/98 19:33:39

City, State, Country: Silver Spring, MD
Age: 33
Sex: Female
How many hip surgeries have you had?: One
What is the cause of your hip problems?: Stress Fracture (???)
What is/was your profession?: HR Manager

Comments:
Broke Hip right before the finish line of running my first marathon. (I hopped on good leg to the finish). Had surgery with plates and screws on October 26, 1998. Still having slight pain and doc still wants me on crutches...hate those things. Wondering why it's not better yet. Getting antsy especially after reading all these stories about AVN (I'm asthmatic and have used costecosteroids, but not for extended periods of time, so maybe i shouldn't worry just yet). Going back to doc tomorrow. Will ask bout AVN. In the mean time, I can just wait. It's frustrating. I miss running. I miss exercising, period. I've started to do pool running in hopes that I'll be able to run again someday. Can one run after a THR? Just wondering. It's been interesting reading all the stories.
 

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