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In December 2008 the intermittent pains in my right hip started to settle down to become a permanent feature in my life. I put them down to the bad posture I'd probably developed following a climbing accident in which I'd seriously damaged by left leg. My poor right leg had to do a lot of weight bearing during the recovery phase and I'm sure I started to sit and walk crookedly.
My GP on the other hand was determined I'd had a fall and forgotten about it (did he suspect dementia as well?) and no amount of protest from me would persuade him otherwise so it was off to hospital for an X-ray. No break.
I was then sent to see a triage physiotherapist who informed me that I probably had a labral tear and a trochanderic bursitis. Next call was the surgeon. He took one look at the X-rays and said "forget about that what about the severe osteoarthritis you have in both hips - you're going to need replacements".
Well that was quite a shock as I'd never even considered arthritis let alone a hip replacement - let alone two hip replacements!
Three months later I'd had the first op done and I've never looked back. I'm now 18 months post-op and the new hip is just wonderful. Of course the other hip isn't and they've now added my left knee to the "joints that need replacing list".
Before my surgery I started to do some research into the choice open to hip patients and steadily became more and more fascinated by the whole process hip surgery and the conditions that give rise to it.
From talking to other hip patients I came to understand that most people at the recieving end of a hip replacment know very little about the process and even less about their choices. I found myself answering the same question again and again.
So I decided to put it all on a website.
The site is for everyone involved in hip replacement surgery including surgeons, patients, OTs, phsios, and nurses - I'd like to think it was something that we could all build together.
I do appreciate feedback - positive or negative. I want to be sure I'm supplying the sort of information that is useful to you and that I am writing clearly. If there is anything you think is missing from the site do let me know.
Please do make time to visit our Forum there's over 100 members now including professionals and people who have been through multiple procedures - so there's a lot of experience to learn from. With best wishes to you and may we all be dancing soon. Pamela
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