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Hi Kissa and Maggie,
Thank you so much for the information. The more and more that I read, the less and less I want to do this. I keep looking at the limited range of motion. I am a swimmer, and breast stroke is my fav. stroke, Kissa, with your replacement, would you still be able to move your hip into the outward position without dislocating it? My husband and I have definately been thinking about going back to the first hip replacement ortho guy. He seemed to have a bit more insight on the type of ball and sockets that should be used in younger patients.

Kissa, I am so sorry to hear that you have had to have so many revisions at your young age. I am very surprised that you have still had the ability to have that many. I now that you have suffered, however, you should feel blessed in a way; that you have had the ability to have more than the average amount of hip replacements than most people can in a lifetime. God has definately blessed you. Does your ceramic ball give you a large range of motion? Were you able to get a large size? What about the metal and ceramic rubbing together, was there any concern for fracture or squeaking? How do you like this replacement?

I have seen at least 4 ortho guys. My husband is Navy, and the military one, took one look and said there was absolutely nothing that he could do to help. The second one that I saw, was after the birth of my second son, and he was the first one to suggest the osteotomy (4 1/2 yrs ago). At that time I decided to deal with the pain by taking 800 motrin. Then after a year passed I finally was limping for over 5 mo. straight and I couldn't take it anymore and got the 1 st injection. The arthritis pain has been there since I was a young child. I have had at least 4 or 5 surgeries as a child.

The pain now has gotten to the point where it pops in and out while I sleep. This just started. I can be walking and feel the head of the femur twist and I can do nothing to stop it, sometimes it pops in and out...sometimes it just twists, and I have to just stop and wait for the pain to subside. I don't limp constantly, however, it is daily, only when I have been on my feet for more than an hour or so. I also have bad bursitis. I was going to see if I could have the bursa removed while he was doing this surgery anyway. I just keep questioning whether I am at the point where I need a replacement.

Obviously, my bones are deteriorating at a very fast rate, if they deteriorated to the amount of changing the type of surgery that could be done in 6 weeks. I have been told by all the Dr.s that if I do nothing, I would need a hip replacement in 2 yrs., but that was looking at my X-rays in Nov. not the most recent ones, so who knows. I am scheduled for April 1st...this is a tough decision to make when you still have a lot of revisions to look forward to.

Kissa, what caused your hip replacement at such a young age, and what was the cause of all of the early failures, if you don't mind my asking?

I just keep looking at my two little boys; and yesterday we were at a skating party and my oldest fell down and started to cry, I excused myself from the conversation and ran to him, it hurts...but I was still able to run to him. I keep thinking about not being able to run to one of them if they need me in an emergency. How mobile have you been able to be throughout the years?

Sorry for all of the questions, its really nice to hear from some one who has gone through this before.

Thank you for taking the time to share your insights with us.
Melissa





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