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An_239599 posted:
should i or can i have surgery to remove a bone spur on my hip bone...??
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_swank_ responded:
Yes, you can. Whether you should or not is a decision you should make after talking to several surgeons.

You can have arthroscopic surgery on a hip but not all orthopedic surgeons do the surgery so you will have to find one that does. I had the surgery several years ago. It was a fairly quick recovery.
 
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hipbone1201 replied to _swank_'s response:
thanks alot for the reply im going to jewit in orlando for a doctor the doctor here in brevard county just wants to do implants....even though im a few years away...did the procedure get rid of your pain......who was ur doctor is there one in orlando...thanks kevin
 
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_swank_ replied to hipbone1201's response:
The surgery worked for a while but the pain came back. I have other issues going on that weren't seen on the MRI. I'll need a replacement in a few years but will live with it for now. My doctor is in Atlanta but we're not allowed to post doctor names here so I can't give you his name. I have no idea if there's a doctor in Orlando that does the surgery. Do a Google search for hip arthroscopy Orlando and you'll probably get some names.
 
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hipbone1201 replied to _swank_'s response:
thanks for the reply ...so you said it worked for a while how long would that be.....did any bone spurs grow back after..the surgery.....i just found out that a doctor just moved here from new york....to brevard county that specializes in it.....what did the mri....miss.....???
 
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_swank_ replied to hipbone1201's response:
The MRI missed a calcified labrum. That was a surprise when my doctor did the surgery. Pain relief lasted about a year. I don't know if any bone spurs grew back but part of my labrum has been removed and that didn't do me any good.
 
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hipbone1201 replied to _swank_'s response:
see the orlando doctor thursday any good questions i can ask him....any from you.....????
 
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_swank_ replied to hipbone1201's response:
Are you planning to just have a scope or some kind of implant? One thing my doctor told me was that the scope wouldn't work if I had a lot of arthritis. I didn't, just a couple bone spurs and a calcified labrum. Torn labrums are a common cause of hip pain but apparently they're hard to see on an MRI so they often go undiagnosed, especially in younger people.
 
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hipbone1201 replied to _swank_'s response:
just a scope......no implant if i can help it i feel like thats a long way away!!!!!! how did ur labrum get calcified.....?? do u know if a bone spur can tear ur labrum.....??
 
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_swank_ replied to hipbone1201's response:
I have no idea how my labrum got the way it did. Doctor can only speculate. I don't know the answer to the other question either. I suppose anything's possible though.
 
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ta2dme replied to _swank_'s response:
I don't know if I'm too late to help or not but...

A spur can TEAR the labrum but I don't know about the calcification... that's another type of issue.

Bone spurs CAN and DO return over time and are generally worse when they do because of the foreign stuff (surgical equipment) probing around in there somehow lends to the arthritic development as any surgery can do.

I had spurs removed (and other things) from both hips in 2010. So, yes, I do know what I'm talking about. If I could go back and not do it, I would. I've had more pain, continuously, than before the surgeries. I was only 34 at the time but had been having intermittent pain for at least the preceeding 8-10 years that no doctor would follow through on. When I finally found a few doctors that looked into the pain and sent me to the right specialists, I jumped (I wish!) at the chance to have these awful pain makers removed because I didn't know how it could be any worse. At least now I can say I know.

If you choose to go through with it (if you haven't already) make sure your surgeon has A LOT of experience. The hip is a very, very complex joint and to get into some of the spaces is very difficult. You need someone quite skilled specifically in hip arthroscopy. I went to a surgeon in Jacksonville, FL because he was the only one in the are that accepted my insurance... Very unwise choice on my part. There aren't a lot of "experts" in this particular area yet because it is so complicated.

Best of luck to you.
 
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dk2eg replied to ta2dme's response:
you (ta2dme ) mentioned that you would not have surgery if given the chance to redo your experience. I am the same age and am just starting to go down the road of figuring out how to handle this issue. what do you wish you would have done instead of surgery?
 
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ta2dme replied to dk2eg's response:
Prior to the surgery I had done every kind of therapy, exercise, test, anything the doctor suggested and because of the size of the spurs I only did more damage to the surrounding tissue.

I really can't say what I would have done instead except to have pushed to find a much, much, much more experienced surgeon.

It's a difficult road to navigate, honestly. It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. What happened with me was that instead of having the arthroscopy first to find out the extent of the damage, I gave permission for him to "fix" the spurs. It turned out he cut tendons, removed part of the labrum, and so on and so forth... not just reshape the bone so it wasn't causing damage. Now I live every with pain in my hips. My 11 year old gets almost depressed because I can't go run and play with her like her friends' parents can and it is heartbreaking to me.

Another issue I run into is that MANY pain doctors only want to give injections in the area or in various levels of my spine to "relieve" the pain and I've done EVERY one they'd ever suggested but with no luck. I turned 35 in December and I'm already taking strong narcotics daily. I also build up a tolerance to things extremely quickly so where will I be when they get to the "top" of the narcotic ladder and there's nothing left for me to take? I feel like I've backed myself into a corner that I can't get out of. I'm in NO way addicted to the medications - I simply do not have an addictive personality. But without them I wouldn't move out of bed or off the couch.

You can do exploratory arthroscopy. Find out EXACTLY what you're looking at. Granted, my first recovery was much, much more difficult than the second, and if they find worthy problems, they'll have to go back in to repair, but at least you'll know what you're facing rather than agreeing to one thing and leaving missing other necessary parts.

I'm sorry the response took so long. I don't check this often I'm still bitter that I'm in the position I got myself into. I wish you well, my friend.


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