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Hi to all I am new here but have been reading for awhile now. I am 37 and found out a few years ago i would need hip replacement on both hips. I can still move around pretty good, no problem there. I work everyday doing road work and do more work when I get home. The problem now is when I stop working and sit for awhile or just try and relax is when I feel the pain. It is not extreme but it is very uncomfortable, sometimes sharp pains othertimes not so sharp. I will not lie, somtimes I feel it at work but not painful enough to stop me. My question is, Is this worth getting done just for the pain? I am 37 and still move around pretty well.......:pzld::pzld::pzld::pzld:
 

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Hi and welcome...........well this pain you have will only gt worse not better at all your young so why not get it done now and be thru with it.........That oain will go away and you have you whole life...........I wouldnt wait till its gets to the extreme pain....that wont help you at all............im sure others will post and help you as well........is it starting to effect your life work, mall anything like that your quality of life .....people with new hips on here are amazing.......good luck it what you decide only you know.............)
 

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Only you can answer that question. We can help guide you and answer questions but you're the only one who will know when its time. Its different for everyone. Some people wait until they can't walk, some people go right out and do at the first pains, and everyone else falls in the middle. When I started my journey I was given the advice that you know you're doctor is a good one if he lets YOU make the decision instead of steering one way or the other. Even if your body is ready you have be make sure you're ready emotionally and mentally as well.

On an up note-this surgery is truly wonderful. Yes-it is big surgery and yes people have things go wrong but the vast majority of people who have it have success with it. This surgery gave me my life back. I firmly believe the best indicator as to when to have it is when it compromises your quality of life. When you can no longer enjoy your life and your hip pain becomes the #1 priority then its time to do something.
 

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Well said, Shuga.

Cole, welcome to BoneSmart. What you've described is first stage pain and so long as you're functioning ok and don't find yourself second guessing everything you do to accommodate the pain, then fine. I'd say don't rush in.

But have you considered hip resurfacing? It's a good alternative to total hip replacement as it conserves bone. At your age you're looking at at least one maybe even two revisions. We do have a resurfacing forum here but to go over to somewhere else forum and their website to see all about it.
 

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Welcome. Well my hip pain was annoying for abouut 15 years with loss of range of motion. Then it started actually at times just either totally giving out on me or causing so much pain i had to limp. My doc did not think I needed a replacement by the MRI.
He did a hip scope and found both surfaces to be in bad shape. So I knew it was not going to get better.
The timing was right as i got fired from my job so the rest is history.

As shugaplum said , it is a wonderful surgery. REad about how to find a good surgeon and then find one so you will be ready when you are mentally ready.
judy
 

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Welcome Cole, Do your homework and soon you'll be on the way to a better life......for sure!!:thmb:
 

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Hi to all I am new here but have been reading for awhile now. I am 37 and found out a few years ago i would need hip replacement on both hips. I can still move around pretty good, no problem there. I work everyday doing road work and do more work when I get home. The problem now is when I stop working and sit for awhile or just try and relax is when I feel the pain. It is not extreme but it is very uncomfortable, sometimes sharp pains othertimes not so sharp. I will not lie, somtimes I feel it at work but not painful enough to stop me. My question is, Is this worth getting done just for the pain? I am 37 and still move around pretty well.......:pzld::pzld::pzld::pzld:
Hi cole i was also around 37 when i was told i would need hip replacements.To make a long story short i had my hip done at 54 i probably went 5 years too long.So like josephine said no rush if you can get a few more years out of you hips without dibilitating pain its a good idea.But a big but is this dont fear the operation it has a great sucess ratio and at your age your probably be down for like 5 or 6 weeks then be home free.So dont rush and dont wait toooooooooo long thats my opinion!!
 

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Hi, Cole....and welcome. I can't add anything to the wonderful advice given above, so I'll just say that we are glad you joined the BoneSmart family.
 

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Hey there,

I was 33 (to the day - happy birthday!) when I had mine replaced. I hated hearing from different surgeons "you'll know when it's time". That being said, they were right. Best to have met a surgeon you trust and is able to do your operation when the time comes, so when it is officially time, you are not stuck waiting 6 months for your turn in the OR, find out your insurance doesn't cover a particular surgeon, didn't think about post-op needs, etc.

Good luck,

Dave
 
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