Hello fellow hipsters!
So I’ve been scouring YouTube and the Internet on and off for three years searching (without real success) for unequivocal testimony (or better still video evidence) that having a hip replacement doesn’t not mean game over. Until now I found little inspiration. But having found this site and read only a few of the inspirational posts I’m starting to feel a little more confident about the whole thing…
I’m 32 now and was diagnosed with severe OA of my left hip with cam and acetabulum impingements 3 years ago. I went back to my home town (Reading, UK) for an antroscopy by Dr Tom Pollard in September 2014. He did a decent job of it, shaving off the excess bone, patching up whatever residual cartilage was left and microfracturing the bone to create a scar tissue substitute for the all-too-illusive cartilage. Fast forward 2.5yrs and to be honest I was back to square 1 and staring a THR of my left hip full in the face.
I have always been a very keen footballer, representing professional premier league academies up to age 15 and thereafter enjoying a very competitive level of amateur football (up until my OA diagnosis 3yrs ago, aged 29). I was also always a keen runner and gym-goer. Nothing competive on the running side – it just always gave me that ceratonin boost I needed to get through the week of my sedentary office based job.
As I write I’m on holiday with my young family and for the first time I’m becoming totally convinced I need the hip replacement as soon as possible. The pain when walking longer distances has become almost unbearable and I’m struggling to keep up with my 2yr old. I think it’s time to man up and deal with this finally…
…or is it?! Every time I make a decision to arrange the dreaded THR I think to myself – I’m too young for this aren’t I? Can’t I live with the pain a little longer? Is it really that bad? What happens in 10-15 years when I need to replace the replacement? And what in a further 10-15yrs when I’ll only be in my 50/60s? I can’t run or play football now but will I be able to post op??
My answers usually include: pain which inhibits your day to day has to be dealt with, pain relief and Physio helps in the short term but do you want to be hijacked by your hip every time you’re away from your Physio? Who knows where medical advances will take us in 10-15yrs – deal on information you have NOW. Think about the knock on affects on the surrounding muscle tissue and other joints. Look how you’re limping! I’ve read about 60yr old double hippees running marathons quicker than you could dream of fully fit – so MAN UP.
Unfortuantely my right hip seems to be going the same way. Impingements, cysts etc staring to show so hope to catch that early enough for a more successful arthroscopy…
Ill continue to scan through the posts, but if anyone has time to reach out to me I would love to hear first hand experience to help me answer some of my lingering doubts:
– can I really run as much as I want post op?
-is football (even 5 aside) totally out of the question post op?
– am I likely to always limp?
– which technique and hardware is best for my physical status (32yr old, 6ft, 85kg, 15% body fat)?
– does the pain disappear completely?
– is there any benefit in waiting?
– is there video evidence out there showing the running gait of post op hippies?
– what does having a hip replacement now mean for me 30 yrs down the line?
– what limitations will I face post op?
anyway I hope to hear from some of you and I’ll keep updating with my progress….