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Anterior Hip Replacement Worked Wonders

Share Your Story: I Wish I Knew Before Hip Replacement...

By Pastiche

Updated January 04, 2011

What Made You Decide to Have Hip Replacement?

I had an undiagnosed fracture to my femur for two months. It was the result of a fall while mountain biking. By the time it was detected (I was told it was injury-induced arthritis), it had opened up from use to a v-shaped gap between the knob and the shaft. I had done PT, exercise, all sorts of things to try to recover, and of course, nothing worked.

What Were You Not Prepared For?

Weakness from loss of blood. I was a fit 48 at the time, and it surprised me. I was expected to be walking the next day, and it took a lot of effort.

Also struggled with depression during those two months. I was so used to being active, and it was a real shock to live with constant pain.

Lessons Learned

  • Anterior approach!!! This was a miracle! I recovered incredibly rapidly-was walking the next day, cycling in 3 weeks.
  • Now, 3 years later, I have only occasional minor pain, with no limitations. I can sit, sleep, swim, walk and ride with no issues-ever. Gave up running, but that was inevitable anyway.
  • As the doctor said, I knew I had recovered when my hip wasn't the first thing on my mind in the morning.
  • In my opinion, all hip replacements should be done this way-it is so much less invasive, and there's so much less healing required.
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