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:
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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:
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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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For some reason I am feeling particularly depressed tonight.
I have to have new hip in January although it might be before that if they get a cancellation.
Six months after that I have to have at least a partial knee replacement.
At the moment it takes enormous effort to get out of a chair, and I can only walk a short distance.
I am usually relentlessly determined to make the best of things, but tonight.....not so much!
 

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@ladyj I’m so sorry you’re having a sad day. Pain can do that to us, as does the prospect of 2 major surgeries. You are not alone, almost all of us have felt this way. We’re here for you. :console2:

By the way, I moved your post out of the surgery list thread and to your pre op thread. You’ll get more support here in this pre op thread. :console2:
 
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Thank you.
I couldn’t quite remember where I should post, but I really wanted to just get that message out of my system.
Silly really, because I had just had
a lovely day with two of my grandchildren.
They live in a townhouse, and it was so hard for me to get up and down their stairs.
It concentrated my mind, and then I was more or less confined to an armchair.
I am in some degree of pain, but my lack of mobility is what really gets me.
The surgeon who is doing my hip op says I am “atypical,” which is true.
I smashed my other knee up in a hiking accident over 20 years ago, it has been extremely well repaired, but is not strong.
Therefore, my “good” leg had so much punishment that I need to have new hip and a new knee.
The knee surgeon says it is only my strong will that is keeping me walking at all.
Anyway, it all built up and caught me out last night!
So grateful to know that you were there for me to talk to.
Thank you so, so much.
xx
 

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Boy, I sure do Sympathize:groan:
I am in some degree of pain, but my lack of mobility is what really gets me
I almost got "used" to the pain, but as you say... the mobility issue worsened, then the pain got where it seemed more body wide ache...constantly.

Replacing my bad hips gave me my life back...
Hang in there friend.
 
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Thank you, you are so kind.
I think you are right, to some extent you get used to the pain and don’t even notice it.
But not being able to walk properly is a nightmare.
I have a three wheeled walker which I used after my first accident, so that has been pressed into service again.
I managed to walk around Marks and Spencer’s last week with it to find a birthday present for my son in law, but unless I go out in the car with my husband I am pretty much “confined to barracks.”
My first symptom was that my knee wouldn’t take my weight, but when I saw the knee consultant he said he thought that a lot of the pain in the back of my knee was coming from my hip!
Apparently they like to start from the “top down” so I am having the hip done first, and then If I am really lucky I might only need a partial knee replacement.
I tell you what though, I will be jolly glad to get at least some of the surgery over!
Thank you for giving me a chance to have a bit of a rant!
I feel better already!

xxx
 

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and then If I am really lucky I might only need a partial knee replacement.
I thought this way, too, until I had my partial done. It is the same recovery as a total, which takes an average of a year for complete healing. Not what I read about before I had it done. There are 3 types of partials, and unless you choose a surgeon with a lot of experience doing the partial you are getting, there can be failures. I must have chosen a surgeon with little experience because mine did not turn out well. Partials sometimes don’t last as long as a total, so in my opinion, it’s not worth going through the recovery, only to do it again in the future when it needs to be converted to a total.

If you have a chance to get a total, go for it. As Celle, one of our retired staff members, used to say, do it once, do it right.
 

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We've also had alot of hip folk who have said THR has really helped their knee issues.
My first symptom was that my knee wouldn’t take my weight, but when I saw the knee consultant he said he thought that a lot of the pain in the back of my knee was coming from my hip!
Apparently they like to start from the “top down”
I've seen this situation many times on the forum and it does seem to be the best protocol.
 
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and then If I am really lucky I might only need a partial knee replacement.
I thought this way, too, until I had my partial done. It is the same recovery as a total, which takes an average of a year for complete healing. Not what I read about before I had it done. There are 3 types of partials, and unless you choose a surgeon with a lot of experience doing the partial you are getting, there can be failures. I must have chosen a surgeon with little experience because mine did not turn out well. Partials sometimes don’t last as long as a total, so in my opinion, it’s not worth going through the recovery, only to do it again in the future when it needs to be converted to a total.

If you have a chance to get a total, go for it. As Celle, one of our retired staff members, used to say, do it once, do it right.
Oh dear!
I first saw the knee expert, who then diagnosed that a great deal of the swelling and pain in my knee was coming from my hip.
He told me that I only have “one compartment,” which is damaged in my knee, and I might even get away with that once my hip is done.
I strongly suspect that it will need doing though.
He is an extremely experienced surgeon who specialises in partial knee replacements, so I think I will be in good hands if it comes to it.
I will however question him closely in view of what you say.
The other knee is a total replacement, and the top few inches of my tibia are made of plastic blocks, so I doubt anything will be as bad as that.
Although I did make quite a quick recovery from that.
Thank you so much for all your insights.

xx
 

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I actually think my partial, a Patellofemoral, is the one most likely to not go well. I regret having mine. I have more issues than before. It seems a Medial PKR might be the one done more often than the others. We have very few Lateral PKR members.

Just trying to give you information that I did not find before I had mine done. It was definitely not the piece of cake I was expecting, according to what I read online about partials, and what my surgeon’s office did, and did not say.
 
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Still preparing for my op in January. I have to have my hip done then and my knee a few months after that.
I have pain in both and getting to my feet is quite difficult.
I had the grandchildren over yesterday, they were as good as gold, but today I am exhausted.
I slept all morning, and now feel guilty.
I can’t see
M to get anything done, and could just sleep all the time.
Everything is such an effort!
Has anyone else had this ptoblem?
Or am I just being indulgently lazy?
 

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Sorry to hear you are having so much difficulty. I am 5 1/2 weeks out from my surgery on my right hip. I did lots of prep before with my diet and walking. It made recovery easier. Visualize how much better your life will be when you are walking more. I focused on my surgery like another job. You can do it too!
 
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I will have to try.
I already have one knee replacement. so I’m not terrified or anything, but it still seems an awful lot of surgery and recovery ahead of me.
I am having a lot of trouble walking because my main symptom, as well as some pain, is that my leg, knee particularly, although apparently a lot of that is coming from my hip, won’t bear my weight.
But hey, it’s December. very dark and cold, and I am 72, and the grandchildren were lovely!
 

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