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Hi Lucy,
I would like to give you some words of encouragement regarding your hip problem.
I received my first hip at age 30 due to a bone loss from pregnacy and an accident which cracked the ball of my hip while I was still pregnant. This was an unheard of condition at that time. This silent condition called transient osteoporosis caused my whole life to become a disaster. After an emergency "C section" and 3 failed pin surgeries, I lost an inch off my right leg. I had the hip replacement in September of 1988 which put the inch back, worked to get rid of the pain and disablility and gave me back my life.

This hip was cementless and I was with the head of University of Penn Orthopedics. This hip had 5 years of data at the time and is the type of hip that paved the way for todays hip replacements.

I needed to take a chance to get my life back, raise my children and get back to being independent.
The hips today have so much success. Do yours homework, go to the best people, get referrals from those who have gone through successful hip surgery and get your life back. You will have a very normal quality of life and there is much on your side.

On September 18, 2009 I had a hip revision at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. I am in the process of recovery. Everyone was amazed that my original hip lasted 21 years. I am looking forward to getting my life back again.
I hope you find encouragement in my story that you can get rid of the pain and live a normal life at 63.
Just one more thought... my Mom had a successful hip replacement last November at the age of 75!

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