THR Have a date January 26th 2023

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I was given my operation day today, and it is 26th January.
I had a knee replacement and had my tibia rebuilt in 2012.
This was following an awful hiking accident in 2001.
Now as a consequence of only having one “good” leg I have to have THR on January 26th and then a few months after that a partial KR.
Everyone was so supportive last time, so here I am again!
Not as scared as last time, but a lot of surgery to look forward too,
 
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Welcome back to BoneSmart! :welome:
Glad you have a date for your THR and can look forward to having a good leg for your PKR.
Let us know which hip you are having operated.

You will notice I have moved your post from the 2022 January Jackpots to the pre op forum. The 2023 January Jackpots will be added on October 1st.

Returning BoneSmart members like you are in various stages of their journey to joint replacement. Making the decision whether or not to have surgery and preparing for surgery can be easier once you have done your research and know what lies ahead. Here are some tools that can help you decide what is best for you.

If you are at the stage where you have joint pain but don't know for sure if you are ready to have surgery, these links may help:
Score Chart: How bad is my arthritic hip?
Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis
BMI Calculator - What to do if your surgeon says you're too heavy for joint replacement surgery
Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?

If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:
Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced hip, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:
Stories of amazing hip recoveries
 

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CONGRATS!!!!! SUCH AMAZING NEWS!!!!

Please read the links above to help you get ready for your surgery. This is such exciting news, I am thrilled for you.
 

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Hello @ladyj
Welcome to the Hip Side of the forum! Thanks for joining us.
We'll be here to support you just as you were encouraged with your TKR. Good to read you're feeling less apprehensive. I'm sure you'll do great! :yes:
 
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Thank you everyone for your lovely welcome.
It is my right hip that is being done.
I think I am quite atypical in that I saw a knee surgeon because I had difficulty walking, my knee was swollen and I had pain in the back of my knee.
I had an X-ray that showed arthritis in the knee.
However on examination the surgeon said that he thought a lot of the pain was coming from my hip.
I had a further X-ray and the arthritis in my hip was even worse than in my knee!
My main problem was that despite some pain, my leg wouldn’t really take my weight.
My other leg is fine, but as it is a knee replacement and plastic blocks, it is not very strong.
We moved house eighteen months ago to a lovely bungalow, (thank God), so that solves lot of pre and post surgery difficulties.
I just want to get fixed and to be able to explore our new, and very beautiful surroundings.
I am having to pay for my surgery myself as the NHS waiting list is almost two years.
I am not happy about it but I do have some retirement money so it is at least possible.
The private hospital is very nice, and the orthopaedic surgeons have been lovely so I think I am in good hands.
Thank you again Bonesmart.
 

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Congratulations on getting that surgery date! So sorry you will be out of pocket for this. Our NHS is certainly in a bit of a crisis at the moment.

You won't regret getting this done. No more planning life around a sore hip.
 
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The surgeons, one specialises in knees and one in hips, all work for our main NHS hospital.
Apparently the dept is on a 24 hour schedule to try and get the waiting list down.
Also they have to check the ceiling in theatre everyday because it is in severe risk of falling down, and it is held up on props!
So I think I am doing the right thing.
The results here for hips sounds very promising. I am looking forward to having a serious wander round.
Most people here seem to have had great success.
I have a long reading list ready for my recovery when I first come home.
 

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