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5/14/99 22:06:52

Name:
Tim S
   
Location:
La Crescenta, CA
Age:
30
Reason for Hip Problems:
Lousy Growth Plates
Number of Hip Surgeries:
3 so far, THR on 5/21/99
Profession:
Computer Operator
Comments:
Hello, I am now only 1 week pre-op :-) for THR on the left side. I had a huge growth spurt when I was 13, 6 inches in one summer, which caused the problems. I had 3 operations from age 14-17 to correct it as much as possible, but this was inevitable and am finally glad it's time. PAIN STINKS!




05/13/99 03:05:06

Name:
eoin o
   
Location:
Baltimore Md
Sex:
Male
Age:
69
Reason for Hip Problems:
tennis, arthritic
Number of Hip Surgeries:
one
Profession:
retired engineer
Comments:
I had my right hip replaced 16 days ago and except for some discomfort from the surgery, the hip pain has gone. I am doing rehab excercises twice a week and some at home. So far all is well thank god.




05/12/99 12:34:36

Name:
David H

 
Location:
Australia
Age:
23
Reason for Hip Problems:
long story
Number of Hip Surgeries:
nil, yet
Profession:
clerk
Comments:




05/12/99 00:16:07

Name:
Chuck O
   
Location:
San Diego
Sex:
Male
Age:
74
Reason for Hip Problems:
guess wear and tear
Number of Hip Surgeries:
none
Profession:
engineer
Comments:
I'm in a holding pattern wondering what to do. I still play tennis doubles but not well. Limp always but not too much pain. I take volteran and G&C.




05/11/99 15:27:08

Name:
Don H
   
Location:
Truckee, CA
Age:
42
Reason for Hip Problems:
Hip Dislocation (Ski Instructor Accident)
Profession:
Part-time ski instructor
Comments:
Suffered LH disclocation (broken ribs, concussion, torn mcl, etc.) in a skiiing accident on 1/8/99. On crutches for 4 weeks and currently doing P.T./Rehab. Getting better, but still some residual pain in hip. Is this normal? How does arthritis develop?




05/09/99 20:43:14

Name:
Kevin
   
Location:
Brooklyn,N.Y.
Age:
54
Reason for Hip Problems:
Necrosis
Number of Hip Surgeries:
first
Profession:
Retired
Comments:
I had my first surgery on 4/20/99. My femur was broken during the operation. The doctor chose to use the porous coated or "bone in growth" method instead of cement because of my age. I'm not allowed to put any weight on that leg for 8 weeks. Not exactly wha I had anticipated. I am due for the other hip replacement as soon as all is well with this one. I would lke to know if anyone else had a femur broken during the surgery? E-mail requested.




05/08/99 18:50:42

Name:
Carol E
   
Location:
Stuart, Fla
Sex:
FEMALE
Age:
50YEARS
Reason for Hip Problems:
BIRTH DEFECT NO SOCKET
Number of Hip Surgeries:
RIGHT HIP
Profession:
Area Mgr-Bellsouth
Comments:
Right hip operation on 4-6-99 by Dr. Jeffrey Nugent of John-Hopkins Hosp in Atlanta, Ga. I have now returned home to Fla. and am getting along very well without pain. Will have to have the left hip done with-in two years.




05/07/99 20:35:18

Name:
Doug G
   
Location:
Chicago suburbs
Sex:
Male
Age:
42
Reason for Hip Problems:
Wear and tear
Profession:
Computer Consultant
Comments:
Doug Gillaspie Age: 42 - born 8/18/56 Height 6’1” Weight 240-260 (yes I fluctuate that much and yes I know it is not a good thing to do) THE ROAD TO SURGERY: The road that lead to my first THR of the right hip involved many sports and outdoor activities. I have always struggled with my weight but was able to perform athletically at remarkable levels even when I was very heavy. Have completed 4 marathons, num rous triathlons (1 being of Ironman length), more 5 and 10K runs then I can count, have raced road, track and mountain bikes, and also cross country ski race. Throw in an occasional backpacking trip and that pretty much points to how I have, in the past, spent my leisure time. For about 2 years I thought I had a chronic groin pull that, because of my activity level, would not heal. About three years ago I was running and I felt a sharp pain in my right hip. I stopped running immediately but that was in eed the beginning of the end for my right hip. The pain became chronic and at times acute. It hurt to do anything (even sex) and it hurt even when I did nothing. By the fall of 1998 I could walk only about 50 feet before having to stop and allow the pa n to subside. I could still ride my mountain bike but at a very low intensity level and I was in pain the whole time. THE PROCEDURE: On Dec. 16, 1998 at 3 p.m. I had a non-cemented THR done on my right hip. My surgery took nearly 4 hours instead of the planned two hours. Apparently my muscle mass proved to be a formidable obstacle during the procedure. I had a spinal which made comi g out of the anesthesia much easier. The first few days were not happy ones but the pain medication was good. THE RECOVERY I went home at noon on Dec. 19 making my hospital stay less then 3 days. I had home nursing and physical therapy for a couple of weeks. At two weeks post-op I had my staples removed. On January 4th I went back to work. That’s at two and a half weeks post-op if your counting (I’m a computer consultant). I began driving myself to work on January 11 which is three and a half weeks post-op. At the same time I began outpatient physical therapy. At five weeks post-op I moved to 50% weight bearing. This p int is very significant in that it make you much more mobile and you fatigue less quickly when some weight is taken off your hands. At 6 weeks I rode a stationery bicycle for the first time at my physical therapy sessions. I have no joint pain. The onl discomfort I have is muscle soreness as I work to rehabilitate the muscles that have atrophied. Six weeks after surgery I had x-rays and all looked good and advanced to one crutch. I was still having physical therapy 3 times a week at this point. I be an walking in the swimming pool, riding a stationary bike and doing weights regularly. On February 12 I advanced to a cane and discarded that a week an a half later. On March 25th just 14 weeks after surgery I took my family to London for a week. I spent that entire week on my feet and walking around the city. I was a little slow on stairs but did remarkably well. I could never have done this trip if I still had my old hip. It is now early May and I am slowly building my stamina on my road and mountain bikes. I still have stiffness in the groin after sitting for a long period of time but the doctor assure me that too will go away. I walk briskly 3 miles a day and supplement that with my cycling. I have come to terms with the fact that I will likely n ver run road races again. I have registered for a mountain bike race in September. My goal is to match last years time (shouldn’t be too hard because I broke my chain and lost 10 minutes last year). I have only one regret and which is that I waited as ong as I did to have this done. My only fears are dislocation and revision surgery. Some things I learned along the way: 1.) Never take for granted the ability to put on your own shoes and socks 2.) There really are not too many handicapped parking spac s. 3.) Pain free living is the best!




05/07/99 03:46:25

Name:
Fran
   
Location:
Long Beach, CA
Age:
43
Reason for Hip Problems:
Sports
Profession:
Food Scientist
Comments:
I was pre-disposed to arthritis.. my dad had a THR @ 50. Back then that was too young. They made people wait. But he finally found someone at Orthopaedic Hospital in L.A. that would do it. The genes plus sports is what got my hip. Too much ice hockey. The arthritis was already there...then I started the hockey..9 years later I was bone on bone. Oh my gosh...what an incredible pain. I think many of you (like my dad) lived with that pain for years. I only had it for 6 months prior to surgery...enough Prior to that I'd had to completely change the way I walked, moved, did sports, drove my car, sex.. everything to avoid pain.. but still had a constant dull ache anyway...just intensified to the searing pain when I'd pivot or twist wrong.. OUCH. For a worn -out-alcoholic.. the change was tough. But i did it. Then had surgery. I thought I'd bounce back in 6 weeks. Here it's 6 weeks and i'm still hurting...and limping. Hence my search for answers on this wonderful web site. How to deal with this change? My fears? That I'm now permanently longer (about 1/4") on my operated side. That this deep pain in my groin won't ever go away. That I'll always limp. My hopes? My body will adjust.. I'll be even...and be able to walk like a woman again...pain free.




05/06/99 19:55:24

Name:
stephen t
   
Location:
upstate new york
Age:
51
Reason for Hip Problems:
rheumatoid arthritis
Number of Hip Surgeries:
one right hip
Profession:
us post office
Comments:
hi my name is stephen. i had THR on 4-21-99 i know that i cannot put any weight on my right foot for 6 weeks. can anyone tell me what happens after that? and how long before i can put my full weight back on my right foot? i had (non cemented) thank you

stephen t




05/06/99 13:25:44

Name:
Kim B
   
Location:
Brunswick, Ohio
Sex:
female
Age:
38
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN
Number of Hip Surgeries:
none yet
Profession:
programmer
Comments:
I was diagnosed with AVN 3 weeks ago. I saw a doctor who referred me to the Cleveland Clinic. My appointment is May 24, 1999. My left hip has hurt for 2 years. My right hip started hurting this year. The doctor said they would probably want to do a core decompression right away. I think its to late for my left hip. Any info you can share on this disease or the different surgerys would by greatly appreciated. I would like to here from real people suffering with this instead of medical definitions. Also, what are the odds of AVN attacking other joints, and what can be done about these joints?




05/05/99 21:40:01

Name:
Frank C
 
  Location:
Vallejo, Ca.
Sex:
Male
Age:
59
Comments:
My friend just had his hip replaced last week and my brother is scheduling his replacement. I just wanted to be more in tune with what they are going through. I will pass some of the information on to my friend. (He doesn't have a computer) Thank you for this wonderful web site.




05/04/99 18:56:03

Name:
Jay
 
Location:
Columbus
Age:
26
Profession:
Engineer
Comments:
Had THR on 4/23/99. Just wanted to let all the young people out there to know that this is the best operation and if you need it done don't hesitate. You'll be glad you did it in the long run. Can't wait to get back out and doing things again.




05/04/99 02:49:57

Name:
Connie U
   
Location:
New Jersey
Sex:
Female
Age:
49
Reason for Hip Problems:
osteoarthritis
Number of Hip Surgeries:
to be held July 5, 1999
Profession:
Special Education Teacher
Comments:
I have arthritis throughout my body, and it has gotten to the point in my right hip where I will need a THR. My left one may be coming up for one next year, but will wait to see. For three years we have been looking at my back, thinking that was where my problem was originating. I was going for PT 3 times a week, then into the "fitness" program, which meant I did all the exercises, without needing a PT standing over me. One day he PT noticed how my leg was locking up and it was difficult for me to stand. She sent me back to my doctor, and after an x-ray, found out that I was bone on bone, and the top of the hip bone was worn down to a mushroom top. No wonder my pain kept getti g worse. I will be going in for surgery on July 5, 1999 and since I teach school, I should be able to return to work when school opens in September.




05/03/99 19:40:04

Name:
ellyn b
   
Location:
Michigan
Sex:
female
Age:
38
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN
Profession:
US Military
Comments:
Nice to see this web page.




05/02/99 04:41:50

Name:
Christne C
   
Location:
Bentonville, AR.
Age:
34
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN
Profession:
Nurse/ X-ray tech - Lab tech
Comments:
Looking for someone to communicate with. Know of a male with the same problem in my area.  please write me.




04/29/99 16:34:46

Name:
Julie C V
   
Sex:
Female
Age:
37
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN - Prednisone for asthma
Profession:
Sales
Comments:
I wish I had known about this site last year! I was unprepared for everything that takes place with total hip replacements. I was diagnosed with AVN from prednisone that I took for my asthma, in February 1998 and had my left hip replaced in March,1998. M right hip was replaced in September of 1998. Everything seemed to be going very well until I started having a sharp pain in my right thigh area. It was determined that my bones were not strong enough to hold the prosthetic and I would need bi-lateral femur strut graphs. I decided to have both done at the same time so hopefully I could get back to a "normal life" sometime in the near future! I had this surgery on March 15, 1999 and am currently home recouping. If you have to have the strut graphs, I ha e a word to the wise - - get a hospital bed! I was bed bound for 30 days, not walking more than 120 feet per day and limiting sitting up to 3 times a day, no more than 20 minutes each. Without a hospital bed it would have been real misery! Dr. Stephen Courtney did both hip replacements and recommended Dr. William Montgomery for the strut graphs. I highly recommend both Drs. if you are in the Dallas area and need hip work. Thanks for the great web site!




04/27/99 12:41:34

Name:
Roger G
   
Location:
Indiana
Sex:
male
Age:
54
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN Rt hip due to steroids
Number of Hip Surgeries:
1 on April 12, 1999
Profession:
minister (Disciples of Christ)
Comments:
Had a partial hip replacement on April 12, 1999 Doing very well so far. Just such a feeling of helplessness. I'm not a person to be confined and am always on the go and very active, so this is a real challenge. Being a pastor, I've always been the one o be there with someone else. Now it was my turn! Am doing well.




04/26/99 12:23:43

Name:
Tavis H
   
Location:
Newfoundland,Canada
Sex:
female
Age:
39
Reason for Hip Problems:
CDH
Number of Hip Surgeries:
once - bilateral
Profession:
Homemaker
Comments:
Linda, I think your totally hip support group is fantastic. I have just recently got an unlimited amount of information from some of your members and a few doctors as well. I now know exactly what I have to go through in the coming months. I will have my first THR on May 4/99 and I am very nervous. I have to have the other done three or four months down the road if everything goes right with this one. Thanks to all those hippies who have helped me out over the past few months.




04/25/99 21:27:45

Name:
Chris B
   
Location:
Lake Havasu, Az.
Sex:
Female
Age:
48
Reason for Hip Problems:
Dysplacia,osteo-degen. arthritis
Number of Hip Surgeries:
ONE(is enough!!)
Profession:
retired :-)))
Comments:
I had my hip replacement done on April 14th. I have been home for one week. I can say the only thing that doesnot hurt or ache now is the new hip!! I am so sore everywhere else from lying down and my hands from using the walker. I am so glad to have this over with. The hard part now is just getting used to lying around and being bored for 6-8 weeks. Today I will attempt my first shower in 12 days. I am looking forward to being clean again. I love this web-sight, it was so helpful to me before the surgery. Thanks so much. Chris B (or I am now broken-down and busted---used to be Nervous Nellie!!!)




04/23/99 18:59:06

Name:
Rebecca T.
   
Location:
calgary
Sex:
female
Age:
36 years
Reason for Hip Problems:
birth defect
Number of Hip Surgeries:
3 hip/4 knee
Profession:
teacher's aide
Comments:
I was not diagnosed with bilateral displacement at birth. By 15 months, I was receiving treatment with traction, which was unsuccessful, and underwent my first surgery. I started walking at age 4 years. At 12 years I had a Chiariosteotomy performed by r. Salter in Toronto. Great results - I made it through my teens. Between ages 20 and 25 I had four surgeries: One on the hip (right) to remove pins from previous surgery, and 3 on my right knee to correct a sever twist in my leg. I had both a tendon ranfer and femoral osteotomy performed on the knee. As a result, I have a 2.5 cm difference in leg length. The damage to my skeleton has resulted in bone degeneration (arthritis) in both feet, right knee, both hips, and my upper neck. I have lost about 50% of my left hip socket and expect I will need an osteotomy to be followed later by replacement. My right hip is so badly damaged, a hip replacement may not even be an option. My right knee is unstable and will either be replaced or fused eventually. I refuse to give up walking without a fight, but I ordered my wheelchair yesterday. I don't really know if I am okay with that, but I realize it has become necessary. The doctor's didn't really think I would walk this far in life - and I'm not done yet! But to be perfectly honest, the future is really scary. My options are limited, but my spirit isn't.




04/23/99 00:31:47

Name:
Tom D
   
Location:
Barling, AR.
Sex:
Male
Age:
42
Reason for Hip Problems:
Long Story
Profession:
Maintenance Coordinator
Comments:
I had a Pituatary Tumor, and was given high doses of 2 medicines to reduce the size of the tumor before they operated. I developed Aceptic Neucrosis (SP?) of the right hip. I have had 5 dislocations, 2 total hips, 3 rebuilds, and the first surgery where hey turned the ball of the hip over. I would be interested in talking to anyone about this subject, as I am in the process of tests and possible surgery AGAIN. Thanks.




04/22/99 12:53:25

Name:
Kevin M
   
Location:
Florida, U.S.A.
Sex:
male
Age:
42
Reason for Hip Problems:
osteoarthritis
Number of Hip Surgeries:
none, R for June, L for September 1999
Profession:
agricultural fertilizers and chemical
Comments:
Losing flexibility and beginning pain 6.75 years ago. Diagnosed by seperate doctors with OA in both hips. Both docs said I would have to have both replaced within 5 years. It's been 6.75 years. I am very active, a baseball and soccer coach, Karate instructor, avid outdoorsman. I have tolerated pain with 1600 mg ibuprofen for past 6 mos daily. Now, Nikken magnets have totally replaced the painkillers. But, problem still there. Doc suggest ceramic cup with steel prothesis. He mentioned steel cup with steel pro. that is out now and experimental and doctors in Calif. say will last longer than all, but this is speculation. Anyone with experience with these?? I'm going in soon for one the the other 3 mos. later. What a wonderful hip support site!!




04/22/99 00:00:18

Name:
Ms C.D.H
   
Location:
P.N. New Zealand
Sex:
Female
Age:
44
Reason for Hip Problems:
Ostio.monlitis/ child age
Number of Hip Surgeries:
2 on left hip
Profession:
Solo Mum/ Student
Comments:
To be pain free is really great, after putting off going to the doctor for over 10yrs. and suffering through all the winters, and managing to keep house with 4 children,& 4yr. step grand-child, and 2month gradson and daughter-in law plus 4 dogs and 1 surv ng cat.phew.!!




04/20/99 20:33:30

Name:
Julia B
   
Location:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sex:
female
Age:
54
Reason for Hip Problems:
arthritis
Number of Hip Surgeries:
one
Profession:
graphic artist
Comments:
Hi, I just got back to work after my hip replacement surgery...8 weeks ago. I still have pain and I'm thinking...the surgery was supposed to get rid of all that. Or am I just being impatient? I graduated to a cane about a week ago. I am so grateful for our newsletters. I've been reading them and realizing that maybe this was more major surgery than I realized it was going to be and I can't just hop out of bed and get back into my routine all that quick. I do have a nice looking scar though--and didn't need blood. So I have healed quickly. It's the therapy that's going to take some time. Do you have exercises? I have some, but they don't seem to be doing much more than keeping the pain alive. Again, it may just be impatience. Anyway, thanks for being there. *Julia*




04/20/99 17:12:17

Name:
JIMMY L
   
Location:
GEORGIA
Sex:
MALE
Age:
38
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN
Number of Hip Surgeries:
1ST
Profession:
PRESIDENT
Comments:
I HAD MY LEFT THR FEB 25TH 1999 IF I HAD IT TO DO OVER AGAIN I WOULD LIVE WITH THE PAIN. MY PROBLEM IS I HAVE TO HAVE THE SURGERY AGAIN BECAUSE THE DR. SAID HE CHOSE THE WRONG SIZE SOCKET AND MY LEFT LEG IS 1" LONGER THAN MY RIGHT ITS HARD TO WALK MY BACK HURTS MY MUSCLES FEEL LIKE THEY ARE PULLING AND NO MATTER WHAT POSITION I GET IN I CANT GET ANY RELIEF. NEXT WEEK IM SEEING ANOTHER DOCTOR TO FIND OUT WHAT THE FIRST DOCTOR DONE WRONG AND WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO FIX IT.I Have A QUESTION FOR ANYONE HAS THIS H PPEND TO THEM AND IS THIS A COMMON COMPLACTION OF THIS SURGERY? JIMMY LOWERY




04/19/99 23:58:24

Name:
sharon b
   
Location:
Antioch, CA
Age:
61
Reason for Hip Problems:
no idea!
Profession:
retired
Comments:
In February 1999 I had a core decompression (which I did not want!) and it did not work. Now I have to go back the beginning of may and have a total replacement which I wanted in the first place. This all came on at the beginning of Sept. 1998. I got u one morning and could not walk at all and finally convinced the doctor that I really was in pain in January '99. They decided that I had avascular necrosis and wanted to try core decompression firstly.
 

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