Hip Replacement

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    Dec 20, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    My mother has to get it, but she is only 58 and I really don't want her to get it any time soon.

    I have read a lot of information about it from webMD and the online resources at the national institutes of Osteo everything.

    Does anyone have any feedback on cemented vs. non-cemented, recovery time, general tips.

    It seems as though she really wants this surgery now and I am opposing it. I don't want her 80 and needing revision. While she isn't as active as her children, she still is an active 58 year old with 4 grandkids she watches quite often.

    She does physical therapy and aqua therapy. She also is on meds and gets the occasional steroid shot but she is afraid she will become diabetic because of it.

    I appreciate your help. I did a search on the forums and didn't find a similar topic yet.

    After the hip replacement, she will need a knee one down the line. Ya it is bad, bone spurs and no joint cushion.
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    This should be a medical decision, based on the imperatives of her own situation. Do you have reason to believe she is being given bad medical advice? If she does not get the hip replacement now, will her quality of life decline, until she reaches the age when you think it's more appropriate? Will her health deteriorate if she becomes less active without the replacement?

    Aside from a possible need for future surgery, you haven't stated compelling reasons for your opposing this. Have you consulted with her doctors?
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    Dec 20, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    Both her doctors are indifferent. They suggested that she do it when ready. She is eager to just get back to 100% and not have pain and stiffness.

    Like you have noticed, I just don't want her to have to get "revision" surgery which is admittedly worse than a previous one.

    Her quality of life is fine, it is just the pain and stiffness. She has her good days and bad days but she is such an active woman she have never been impeded by her body. President of 5 clubs, babysitting constantly, and a premier position at the Cleveland Clinic makes her constantly busy; with this pain she is slowing down and it isn't something she wants to admit.

    Downside to waiting is her pain and possibly diabetes. Upside is trying to guarantee that she doesn't have 2 surgeries and is not confined to a wheelchair. I am over 100% sure that if she can't walk at will, she will want to die.. It is a genetic thing and she has an uncle who has been wheelchair bound for ~15-20 years. She can't imagine herself like that.

    I am a more natural person who is constantly pushing her to do her PT (both kinds) and is up in the morning helping with her daily exercises (when at home). I, myself, can't stand to see my mother like this considering she is someone who has never been sick in front of her children before.

    I want to make the most educated and well-researched decision. She looks to her children for everything. It's our time to take care of her now.

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    Dec 21, 2008 12:51 AM GMT
    I've got a bunch of clients who are orhopedic surgeons (we do their EMR). One of them does something relatively new known as the "Birmingham Hip Resurfacing". Not sure if you've come across it in your research, but if not look it up:

    || Whether your passion is sports, work or family activities, arthritis hip pain shouldn’t stop you. For thousands of younger, more active patients with hip pain, the BHR Hip has restored them to their active lives while allowing them to keep more of their original bone.