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Should I have hip replacement surgery?


Mar 20 2020 | 3 | by Joeneighbor

10420login-checkShould I have hip replacement surgery?

I have had hip problems for about 5 years now. It started out with occasional pain. It bothered me really badly a few times a year and for the rest of the year, I was not in pain. Then, each year it got worse. So I would be in pain more often and I had trouble walking sometimes. At first, I thought it was my back and I had pain throbbing down my leg. But even though I have a few back problems, the doctor told me that my hip was really the problem. So I saw an orthopedic surgeon. He was very cautious and told me to go to physical therapy. I did but I didn’t notice a huge difference. He also suggested acupuncture and water therapy as well as cortisone injections. I didn’t do any of those for various reasons.
Eventually, I had pain most of the time. The worst was when I tried to fall asleep. Just laying in bed was hard because I could feel the pain. I could still exercise but in pain a lot. I saw another orthopedic surgeon and he told me that there was nothing else I could do. I had no more cartilage on one side to protect my hip. He told me I had no choice but to have surgery. He also said that I could wait and it wouldn’t cause any harm. I decided to wait and a year later it was so bad that there were days that I could not walk. The pain is now constant. I went to a third orthopedic surgeon who told me I must have surgery or it will only get worse. I scheduled the surgery but he was booked for the next 6 months. I talked to so many people who said it was the best thing they ever did to have hip replacement. I remain scared but am hopeful. I only wish I had done it sooner because it has gotten so much worse that I am unable to enjoy daily activities or exercise a lot.

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1 year ago

It’s an easy procedure, you can go home the same day if there are no complications. But do your research to find the right doctor. Some doctors who were recommended to me had mixed reviews and then when I did more research on the internet some had lawsuits against them.

2 years ago

With the right surgeon, it can be a miracle. My friend went to Dr. Erik Zeegen, UCLA. She can walk, exercise, the pain is gone, super happy with the doctor.

2 years ago

Hip replacement surgery is the best thing that ever happened to me. I could barely walk and then I was like a new person.
I can exercise regularly and I have so much more energy. Some people worry about one leg being longer but that didn’t happen to me.

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