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03/24/99 22:43:27

Name:
R. O
   
Location:
Utica NY
Sex:
Male
Age:
44
Reason for Hip Problems:
Injury as a teen/pins in femur
Profession:
maint.
Comments:
Had the surgery over 4 years ago. Everything went great. Best thing I did was having this total hip replacement.




03/23/99 05:24:47

Name:
Connie U
   
Location:
New Jersey
Sex:
female
Age:
49
Reason for Hip Problems:
avascular necrosis
Profession:
special education teacher
Comments:
I have been told that I am going to need a hip replacement, and maybe a double. I will find out on March 26 about this. As a single parent of a 12 year old child with autism, this is going to severely limit my abilities to care for her for a while.




03/22/99 20:58:37

Name:
DENNIS C

 
  Age:
43
Reason for Hip Problems:
OSTEOARTHRITIS
Profession:
SKILLED WORK
Comments:




03/22/99 19:45:11

Name:
Barbara K
   
Location:
Naples, FL
Sex:
Female
Age:
69
Reason for Hip Problems:
arthritic deterioration
Number of Hip Surgeries:
0ne
Profession:
retired
Comments:
Left hip replaced in June,1998. Had numbness and tingling in feet and hands starting in hospital. Still with me as well as groin pain. One leg now 3/4 inch shorter. After much therapy and gait training still unable to walk properly. Still do pool exercise every day. Is this normal? I used to walk four miles per day, play golf, etc.




03/22/99 00:20:53

Name:
Yvette T
   
Sex:
Female
Age:
53
Reason for Hip Problems:
Degenerated hip disease
Profession:
bookkeeper
Comments:
Hi,  found your site before I had my surgery, I was very impressed and decided to share my experience so far. My surgery was on 2/26/99 I was in the hospital 5 days counting the day of surgery, its now been 3weeks and I'm doing pretty well of course all the gadgets help so much, my pain after surgery was not that bad. I only have one problem and that is sleeping, I still don't know how to sleep on my back. Well I better finish and get moving out of this chair for a while, I wish everybody well that's thinking about having it done and don't walk around with pain if you have a choice.




03/20/99 19:26:54

Name:
David R
   
Location:
Watertown, NY
Age:
52
Reason for Hip Problems:
arthritis/motorcycle accident
Profession:
Utility line mechanic
Comments:
I am in a very fast state of deterioration in my left hip joint. Looking for answers quickly about Pain relief now, what to expect for surgery, what to look for in a doctor, new advances in hip replacement, recovery, and expectations after surgery. I'm very active outdoors and would like to continue hunting, hiking, mountain climbing. Also what can I expect in re. to my ability to continue my requirements to climb utility poles after the operation.




03/20/99 03:24:40

Name:
Linda v

 
  Sex:
female
Age:
43
Reason for Hip Problems:
congenital dislocation
Comments:
I have been having problems with my hips and I was looking for options when I came across your web site. I am glad you are doing well.




03/20/99 03:14:29

Name:
Ginny H
   
Sex:
female
Age:
55
Reason for Hip Problems:
arthritis
Profession:
Sec. homemaker
Comments:




03/19/99 21:10:04

Name:
Sharon R
   
Location:
Edwardsville, IL
Sex:
Female
Age:
44
Reason for Hip Problems:
Husband's need
Number of Hip Surgeries:
0 (but 1 soon)
Profession:
Secretary
Comments:
My husband is having total hip replacement surgery sometime this fall. I am trying to learn as much as possible about THR. Your website is full of information and very helpful. Thank You so much. God's Blessings! Sharon  R




03/19/99 15:36:16

Name:
Clare M
   
Location:
Belfast ,Ireland
Sex:
Female
Age:
20
Reason for Hip Problems:
Congenital dislocation of the hip
Number of Hip Surgeries:
zero
Profession:
student
Comments:
Hi! I'm really glad I discovered your site. I know it doesn't exactly fit the bill for me but I think it is really worth while. I am currently trying to make some very important decisions about my future with regards to my hip. I may be able to have reconstructive surgery that will prevent my need for THR. Your site has been very informative. Thanks.




03/19/99 01:01:56

Name:
Stella
   
Age:
42
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN-prednisone-lupus
Number of Hip Surgeries:
1 done, 1 to go
Profession:
computer programming
Comments:
I had my first THR, uncemented, on 1/25/99. I took prednisone nearly 5 years, from 1991 to 1996, for systemic lupus. Pain in the left hip began in spring 1997, and the right hip joined in in spring 1998. The avascular necrosis (AVN) was diagnosed via x- ay in 1998, and presumably is due to the prednisone use. I was awake for most of the surgery, and highly recommend it. When the sound bothered me, I would ask for more sedation, and got it. Most of the time it didn't bother me. I am the kind who used to pass out at the sight of the white coats, but I will certainly go through my next THR awake as well. Surgery took 4 hours, which I know because I was literally watching the clock! I began weight bearing about 7 weeks post-op (not quite a week ago). I now am getting around with just one crutch, and I am surprised how fast I am improving. I have no pain in the operated hip, and almost no pain remaining from the surgery. I have bee fairly diligent with my exercises and PT. My doctor said I can resume horseback riding when I feel I am ready. I won't try until I am walking really well unassisted. I haven't read all the posts at this site, but I thought I would see more lupus patients here. At any rate, I would encourage people not to be afraid of surgery, and I recommend the epidural if you can get your courage and optimism up. I also recommend not postponing it too long. I believe having your muscles and tendons in good shape is key to good recovery and important for preventing dislocations. I know the longer I waited, the less muscle tone I had. (Duh...) Best of luck to you all with your "next steps!"




03/18/99 22:06:12

Name:
Ruth w
   
Location:
farm hills mi
Sex:
female
Age:
68
Reason for Hip Problems:
osteoarthritis
Number of Hip Surgeries:
none yet-coming up
Profession:
housewife/phamtech
Comments:
cosamine ds didn't help will find out about this hip ;oy-vay in about one month-keep your joints in the right place-Ruth




03/18/99 11:47:02

Name:
Nikki Q
   
Location:
Johannesburg, South Africa
Sex:
Female
Age:
36
Reason for Hip Problems:
CDH and OsteoArthritis
Profession:
Market Researcher
Comments:
I had a THR (R) less than 4 months ago and it is the best thing I ever did - although my surgeon really wanted me to wait a bit longer I wish I had had it done a few years ago. I am in less pain than I was before. I returned to work after 6 weeks, and am no swimming about 750 meters a week, doing an aqua aerobic class once a week and heaps of exercises prescribed by my physiotherapist to get rid of the "waddle" - I also do many daily activities like shopping, cooking, a bit of dancing, sex & today I walked u & down a flight of stairs without any aid for the first time. I feel that too many people expect results too quickly and I know I have age on my side but expect to be walking normally in about another 3 weeks and then will start playing golf !




03/17/99 09:42:55

Name:
Rusty S
   
Location:
Wauseon, Ohio
Sex:
Male
Age:
33
Reason for Hip Problems:
Car accident
Profession:
Disabled/Student
Comments:
I was involved in a side impact collision in 1996. I suffered multiple injuries including a crushed hip and pelvis. That required one, nine hour surgery and one, five hour surgery to reconstruct my hip. My surgeon felt that if the acetabulum reformed again I could undergo total hip replacement in 10-15 years. As it turned out, I developed avascular necrosis and heterotopic ossification within the next year and had to undergo hip replacement surgery in March of 1997. The new hip seemed great-for a while . In November, my hip started popping out when I would walk. By February it was popping out with every step I took. Since my original surgeon would not admit to something being wrong, I was referred to a super specialist in Chicago. By the time I was a le to see him in Chicago, I was in excruciating pain. The x-ray indicated that my hip was totally dislocated. He recommended immediate surgery to find out why the acetabulum was migrating up into my pelvis. On May 27 he performed the surgery and found y entire hip region was filled with infection. He then began removing all of the hardware, including the hip prosthesis, which would remain out until the infection was clear-probably in eight-ten weeks. Because that surgery was taking too long, he had to schedule a second surgery a week later to finish removing the hardware, using a different approach. On June 3 he performed the second surgery. During the exposure, my femoral nerve was severed because it had been moved by my original surgeon in Toledo. s a result of that, I am know seeing a neurosurgeon in New Orleans to try to gain some function of my left leg which the femoral nerve controls. In August my infection had cleared and I underwent my second hip replacement surgery. Things are going well other than my loss of function due to the severed nerve. My hip "pops" a lot which my surgeon says is pretty normal considering the number of times my hip has been opened up. It seems that there is always some new problem to deal with in my effort to regain a "normal" life. That's why I'm currently going to school to become an engineer. With school my life now seems to have a new purpose. If there is anything I can do to help anybody get through a rough time please don't hesitate to contact me.




03/16/99 00:11:13

Name:
Steve
   
Location:
Chicago
Sex:
male
Age:
43
Reason for Hip Problems:
none
Number of Hip Surgeries:
none
Profession:
professional
Comments:
My mother had a THR June 98. In pain and having problems ever since. She found out from seeing another doctor that the hip replacement is too short. Does this sound right? She needs to have the other hip replaced as well and her new doctor wants to re o the first hip replacement, but he won't do them together at the same time. Does this sound right? Any suggestions for other sites to explore for answers? Has anybody had both hips cone at the same time with good results?




03/15/99 18:13:59

Name:
Estela S
   
Location:
Mexico City,Mexico
Sex:
Female
Age:
60
Reason for Hip Problems:
Osteoarthritis
Number of Hip Surgeries:
first and only
Profession:
Educator
Comments:
I'm delighted that finally my pain is over and I'm enjoying my active life. My surgery was January 6th, 99 and I had a fast recovery because I was an excellent patient and still doing my Physical Therapy. Water exercises are great!!!




03/15/99 17:23:57

Name:
Karen C
   
Location:
Philadelphia
Sex:
Female
Age:
43
Reason for Hip Problems:
fell when I was 9 years old
Profession:
Supervisor at Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia
Comments:
I was sitting at my doctor's office reading this paper called a consumers guide to total hip replacement when I noticed your article. I wish this was around when I had my first surgery. I had my first surgery when I was 26 which lasted only 10 months when I went for a total hip. That lasted 11 years. I got pregnant and the weight of the pregnancy was too much for my hip so after my little girl came along in December of '94, 5 months later I had a revision. Now 5 years later I found out that the cup ha shifted and I will probably need to have that replaced over the next year. It's a never ending story, but I'm sure you all know that. Thanks for letting me talk.




03/14/99 01:10:44

Name:
RUBY S
   
Location:
MICHIGAN
Sex:
FEMALE
Age:
37
Reason for Hip Problems:
CONGENITAL DISLOCATION
Number of Hip Surgeries:
NONE
Profession:
ACCT MANAGER
Comments:
I HAVE BEEN TOLD MOST OF MY LIFE I WILL NEED A TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT. AT FIRST, I WAS TOLD I WOULDN'T WALK AS TEENAGER THEN IT WAS SURELY BOUND TO HAPPEN BEFORE I WAS THIRTY, NOW I AM SUPPOSED TO WAIT UNTIL I AM CLOSER TO FIFTY, WHICH IS FINE WITH ME AF ER READING THE STORY THAT BROUGHT ME TO THIS PAGE. THE SURGERY DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME SO MUCH AS MAKING TO THAT DAY. I GUESS PEOPLE LOOK AT ME AND THINK I AM PERFECTLY FINE EXCEPT FOR THE LIMP, I KNOW MY FAMILY DOES. THE FACT IS, I USED TO BE BUT NOW MY JO NT ACHES CONSTANTLY SOMETIMES MY JOINT GETS STUCK AND IN LITERALLY CANNOT MOVE. IT GETS KIND OF STRANGE WHEN I AM OUT IN PUBLIC OR AT WORK. THE PAIN HAS WORSENED QUICKER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD MY HIP CREAKS AND CRACKS WHEN I MOVE AND I NEED CONSTANT PAIN RELIEVERS. I HATE USING MY CANE AND HATE THE STARES I RECEIVE BUT NEVERTHELESS, I USE THE CANE MORE AND MORE. I AM GRATEFUL THAT I HAD A RELATIVELY NORMAL CHILDHOOD, I RAN AND PLAYED WITHOUT PAIN. I AM ALSO GRATEFUL I HAD MY CHILDREN WHEN I WAS YOUNG R...I COULD NEVER KEEP UP WITH THEM NOW.




03/13/99 22:49:52

Name:
Terri C
   
Location:
North Carolina
Sex:
Female
Age:
36
Reason for Hip Problems:
Congenital Hip Dislocation
Profession:
Secretary/Homemaker
Comments:
I was born with hip dysplasia but wasn't diagnosed until I was three. I had an surgery at that time to correct the problem. I didn't have any problems until I was about 30. I had been jogging for 5 years prior and developed arthritis and shortening of y leg. I had my THR in 1996 and am doing great. I just hope to get as many years as possible from my replacement. I exercise regularly by biking, walking and swimming. I am glad I found this site, as I have felt like I was one of the few "young" THR patients. I now know that there are many others out there with similar situations.




03/11/99 09:18:33

Name:
Sally-Jayne P
   
Location:
Melbourne/Australia
Sex:
Female
Age:
31
Reason for Hip Problems:
Bilateral Avascular Necrosis
Profession:
Mother
Comments:
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03/11/99 02:57:22

Name:
Loyal
   
Location:
Virginia
Sex:
Female
Age:
born in 75
Reason for Hip Problems:
Chronic Trochantric Bursitis(at least that's what they say)
Profession:
Nurse
Comments:
I have been suffering with severe debilitating hip pain for six years now, the doctors say its chronic bursitis but I of course have my doubts. I just had an MRI done and I am awaiting the results of it hopefully it will put an end to the wonder and I can b gin to find out what's wrong with my hips b/c the pain is too much. I like this site b/c its good to know there are others that have hip pain also so I'm sure you can understand how I feel.




03/11/99 02:21:18

Name:
Cindi P
   
Location:
Wheatland, CA
Sex:
Female
Age:
39
Reason for Hip Problems:
accident
Profession:
Pharmacy Technician
Comments:
I was involved in a very bad accident at age 21. Originally they fixed me up with a compression screw. When I was 23 & in a great deal of pain I was told I would have to undergo THR. I did - they used the old type & 8 years later I had to have a revision. After the surgery my doctor told my family I had break in my femur caused by the loose prothesis. No wonder I was so grumpy. I have been asked by people who were contemplating THR if it helps. Yes yes yes! I still have a degree of pain - mostly when Iove do. I try to walk at least 30 minutes a day - I have found that helps. I also have a plate on both forearm bones- which are a result of the same accident. I have had a lot of problems with them lately & my doctor thinks removal of them would help. I think I'll wait as long as possible. I know it won't be as bad as the hip revision - but still.... Anyway - thanks for letting me tell my story to all you other "hippies". I don't usually talk about the fact that I have an artificial hip - very few people I work with know- it requires way too much explanation - and I swear people treat you differently when they know!! Thanks again - Cindi




03/10/99 13:43:35

Name:
Barbara K
   
Location:
West Chester, PA
Sex:
Female
Age:
45
Reason for Hip Problems:
Congenital Displasia
Profession:
Desktop Publishing
Comments:
I'm beginning to realize that constant pain really affects a persons way of life. I'm struggling with the idea of a replacement which has been recommended for a deformed left hip. I'm scared about life after surgery and being able to take care of the business I run from my home. I just know that I'm not the same person anymore living in hip and lower back pain (arthritis in back). I'm tired of being tired. I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself at the moment. My new husband is not handling this very well and not a lot of support. Thank God for my friends who have been a real support. I really need to talk to someone who has been through this surgery. Thank you for your wonderful web site. It has answered many questions I had and also let me see how se ious this is. Barb :)




03/09/99 16:55:43

Name:
Phyllis H
   
Location:
Iowa
Sex:
Female
Age:
61
Reason for Hip Problems:
Car Accident when younger
Number of Hip Surgeries:
06
Profession:
Clerical
Comments:
Have had several hip surgeries due to a car accident when I was younger.
 

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