Hip Replacement

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    Sep 19, 2007 9:30 PM GMT
    Just wondering if any of you have had the personal experience of having a hip replacement. I had injured my hip running marathons and now it turns out that even though I am only 42 I have to have my right hip replaced.

    I'm wondering about personal experience with recovery time etc.

    Jeff
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    Sep 20, 2007 12:28 AM GMT
    I know a lot about the subject. I worked in the orthopedic implant business for a long time...not all implants are the same....and at your young age and at your activity level, its imperative that you have the right one put in. There are a variety of materials out there...and the wear issues will be key for you...if I were having the surgery I would find a surgeon who is well versed and uses implants made of Oxinium. The only company who has this long lasting, wear resistant metal is Smith and Nephew. Find a surgeon who puts in Smith and Nephew implants. Dont use a surgeon who uses Stryker or Zimmer...their materials are not wear reistant and at your activity level, you will likely have to have the surgey again in less than 5yrs. With Oxinium, you will likely NEVER have to have the surgery again. You can learn more about Oxinium at www.strongasanox.com

    Good Luck!!!
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    Sep 20, 2007 12:40 AM GMT
    Dang...

    Thanks buddy. I am going to look in all my info and see what my Dr. has planned for me.

    I'll get back to you on it for sure.
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    Sep 20, 2007 12:51 AM GMT
    seriously, because of your age, if your doctor is going to put in anything but oxinium, Id find a new doctor. If you were 60yo, it wouldnt matter. But Oxinium is the only implant for someone your age...the ONLY one!!! its more expensive....but its a must...
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    Sep 20, 2007 1:32 AM GMT
    Doctors who do total joint replacment surgery dont work on athletes typically...total joints is a specialty among orthopods so going to the docs who work on athletes wont help you. Yes, HSS in NYC is a great hospital but there is no need to go that far. Im sure you have a good doc in PHX...if not, I know a terrific doc in LV who uses Oxinium and I can get you his name.
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    Sep 20, 2007 1:40 AM GMT
    I had a Zimmer put in last year without getting an option for anything else. I guess just because it is made locally. I broke my hip during a marathon, but not knowing what was wrong I kept running till I couldn't move my leg any more. I saw several doctors at the race, then a surgeon from the Cleveland Clinic, finally I chose a trauma surgeon from Indiana. From the time of my surgery to the time I could walk on my own was four months. On October forth it will have been a year since my surgery and I am finally walking without a limp.
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    Sep 20, 2007 9:18 AM GMT
    I had my left him done 4 years ago. It was a total hip replacement. Everyone's experience is different with the pain experience afterwords. Let me tell you it HURT LIKE HELL! Total recoup time, so I could walk with out the help of crouches was 4 months. However, it is well worth the total time in pain (about 3-4 weeks for me). It is now time for me to do the right, but I am holding off as long as possible. I too had mine done at the Hospital for Special Surgery! Good Luck and enjoy the meds!
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    Dec 08, 2007 3:36 PM GMT
    Also check into hip resurfacing.

    And if you have consistant pain, sometimes it might not be hip pain.

    I just had two hernias removed, one under the belly button, which had caused constant pinching pain for over two years.

    No one could pinpoint the problem. But by repairing that hernia, the pain is gone.

    Mega hairy muscle hugs, stud, towards your speedy recovery.