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    Hip replacement at 42?????
    MustangMGT posted:
    I cannot believe it but I got back from an orthopedic surgeon today and he stated I need hip replacement after only 5 minutes of talking with me. It kind of frustrated me because I thought there would be more of a lets see what is wrong. My primary care physician had xrays, bone scan and MRI work done to verify that a vascular nercrosous was ruled out and the diagnosis was orthoarthritis in my right hip. Well, I can still walk and carry on fairly normal life. I had a friend tell me to go to a rheumatoligist to see if they can help with the arthritis and get a second opinion on the surgery. See the primary care physician did nothing as for meds, physical therapy etc.. I don't know. I felt like this guy was selling a car to me and I had to buy it that day. I just have a hard time believing that I have that severe a problem. The notes I saw on the MRI and bone scan stated Mild Development of Orthoarthritis in the right hip. Any comments or suggestions would be more than helpful.

    Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi there,

    You bring up a good point and that is you know your body better than anyone else and if your gut feeling is telling you that you need to get another opinion before having an elective surgery then please get one. Read more about getting second opinions by using the WebMD search engine.

    Here is one of our recent blogs about getting a second opinion from Dr Lloyd that I think you will find useful:

    Second Opinions are Welcome .

    While this blog is about vision problems the underlying idea that second opinions are important and necessary in health care applies to other health conditions too.

    - Annie
    _swank_ responded:
    Any time you need surgery you should seek a 2nd, 3rd and even 4th opinion.
    MustangMGT responded:
    Thank you so much. I have been told from a friend that has already had two hip replacements that I will know when enough is enough. He suggested a rheumatoligist should look at my case and look at whether the arthritis is manageable through weight loss, exersise, meds and other. He said he wished he would have done that because they would have been capable of looking at the disease on a different level to manage it and not just surgery as the only option. I have made an appointment and hope they will be able to tell whether surgery is the ultimate end result or can it be managed. I just want to be sure before some doctor starts carving on me like like a turkey at Thanksgiving.
    Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Mustang!

    Good luck with your doctor's appointment and I hope you found the articles about getting a second opinion to be helpful.

    - Annie
    izt responded:
    I think your instincts are right on- if you felt uncomfortable by all means get a second, or third opinion. I also think a rhumatologist is a good option. Good luck
    annette030 responded:
    I think you should always get a second opinion before having any elective surgery. I would see another surgeon who is not in the same group as the one you already saw. A surgeon will only tell you if he thinks surgery will help you. Then it is up to you to decide what to do.

    I would go back to your pcp and see what he says and if he thinks seeing a rheumatologist would be useful. Then you can ask for a referral to see one, if you need a referral.

    Usually a surgeon can tell from the xray and MRI how much damage is present, and if a replacement is necessary. My husband saw several orthopedic surgeons, they all took one look at his xray and told him he should have it done. He still waited two years, until he could scarcely walk, then had it done. He waited due to a different medical problem that had to be cleared up first.

    Did this surgeon see the films or just the reports? I would question the surgery if he only read the reports, and did not see the films himself.

    If your gut feeling is that he is not the right surgeon for you, DON'T go back, find someone else. The first one we saw was correct in his diagnosis, but wrong in how he behaved at the appt. He did not do the surgery.

    Take care, Annette
    SARNOLD98102 responded:
    So...did you have the surgery. Oddly enough, I'm 42 and have been having chronic pain in my right hip for 1.5 years. I has gotten to a point where I limp regularly and carry vicodin with me at all times becuase, trust me, you don't want to get caught out, have a flair up and not have something with you. My doctor told me over a year ago that there was nothing wrong. He prescribed the pain medication for my back pain from prior back surgery. Then about 6 months ago, it got so bad that I insisted on an MRI and they did discover that I have osteo artheritis in my right hip. I was also told after 5 minutes with a surgeon that I need a hip replacement. When I jokingly said I would pretend the problem went away...the doctor'll be back. It will only get worse....and that it has. Now that my head is out of the sand, my surgery is scheduled for Nov. 30. If there are others out there that are having this type of problem and are in their 40's, I would love to hear from you. I feel broken in some way, and while I wouldn't wish this pain on might be nice to know I'm not totally alone. (This and MustangMGT.)
    J2hips responded:
    Hi! What did you end up deciding? I am 48 years old and 6 weeks out of my second hip replacement, and it is so nice to be pain free. You will know, based on your pain level and quality of life (trouble walking, trouble sleeping) when it is time for surgery. I was shocked when I first got my diagnosis (dysplasia) less than 2 years ago, then again when the pain of arthritis began, and by how quickly I degenerated.

    Please don't hesitate to ask for advice, etc. I think you're smart to get another opinion. Your body will also tell you what to do.

    SARNOLD--good luck in November. Make sure you have help at home for the weeks following.
    quickieboo responded:
    My daughter had her hip replaced at the age of 36. When they got in there they realized the arthritis was alot worse than originally thought. That was almost 2 years ago and she is still walking with a little bit of a limp but not in pain any longer. I would definitely get a second opinion and not go through with the surgery until you feel you have to.

    Good Luck!
    dcsocal responded:
    Hello Mustang

    I have been reading everybodies reply to you and they are right. Get another Opinion. If you do not feel comfortable with the 1st Doctors opinion. I have had both Hips and Knees replaced myself. This is your Body and you have the final say so. So make sure you are comfortable with the Doctor who is going to do the surgery. And if it is really needed at this time. I read one persons reply and he is right you will no when it is time for surgery. Either way you go good luck to you.
    deebelle responded:
    if you can walk, and carry on with your life and pain is not bad, wait and treat it conservatively. Don't even bother to get a second opinion. See a rheumatolgist and get some advice. Loose weight if you have too and practice in home exercises etc.......I think you will be good for a long while Now as for me..I do need a hip replacement because I cannot walk without a walker.....big difference!!

    Hang in there. You will be o.k.

    Blessings; Dee
    Sutty2 responded:
    I had a hip replacement almost three years ago at the age of 61. I was told that ideally they would have wanted to wait until I was nearer 70 but I had reached the point of being in a wheelchair. If you can still walk and carry on your everyday life then I would say wait till you're worse. For me it was a no brainer - I was in constant pain and unable to walk from the house to the car. Choose your surgeon with care - make sure hips are his speciality - I didn't and only found out later that my man specialised in spinal work and had done very few hips. As a consequence I now have problems. Bear in mind that even a successful replacement hip comes with some limitations on physical activities. Good luck
    J_ELMORE responded:
    Try some natural eggshell membrane supplement from . I am 61 with hip arthritis. My doctor told me 10 years ago that I needed hip replacements, but I have not only been able to function normally without surgery, but I am a competitive powerlifter with a 370 pound squat, 210 bench press, and 440 deadlift. I recently tried the natural eggshell membrane and it worked very well, especially for my hips. It worked better than any other supplement I have tried (and I have tried most that have some science behind them) and it worked very fast. Be sure to build strength in the joint with some weight training. Start off slow with light weights and try to progress as much as the joints will allow. Give it a shot and good luck.
    PTR1968 responded:
    Did you have a revision on the same hip or was it one than the other? I had my Rt hip done at 39 (2 years ago) and had revision surgery on the same hip to replace a defective cup component. Obviously at my age, I am looking at having to have this done again going forward. I have been struggling to find information about the impact of my premature revision as it relates to how long this thing will last.


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