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Thinking about THR scared of the risk and surgery any advice
@ajhines19 Welcome to BoneSmart. Have you had x-rays of your hip(s) taken yet? Or spoken to a physician about your hip(s)? That would be the way to start if your hip(s) hurt enough to keep you from doing things you want or need to do. There are some causes of hip pain that could be treated in ways other than having a total hip replacement. But if you do need one, hip replacements are one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the world these days. And the implants used now are expected to last for 30+ years. Please do ask any questions you may have. We have seen quite a few people your age and younger getting hip replacements and returning to physically strenuous jobs and activities.

Here are some articles for folks who are possibly going to have a hip replacement:

Hip: pre-surgery considerations

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 in stories of amazing hip recoveries
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@ajhines19 Of course you are concerned about having surgery. We were all in that space pre-op. I found reading here and talking about my worries with others going through the same experience really helped. I hope you will come back and join us!
yes I have X-rays and mri I have end-stage osteoarthritis to the hip
Do your research and find a surgeon you trust. The outcome was great for me almost 10 years ago and looking for the same result later this month.

Hard to become comfortable with this surgery at first but the lack of pain and ability to move so much easier a few months later are worth it imo.
Hi, @ajhines19 I am almost twice your age and have had two hip replacements. Pre- surgery doubts are normal and yes there are risks but there are also risks in not getting the surgery - your hip will not get better on its own and will only get worse.

The vast majority of people do very well after hip replacement. I still cannot walk very far because my left ankle is knackered (technical term) but I sleep better at night, I can stand up straight without pain and I can touch my toes. I don't have any regrets about the surgery or the difficult first post-op weeks.

I'm now on the NHS waiting list for TAR - worried about when it will be and how difficult the recovery will be but hoping for a pain free walk in the future.

Best wishes for your hip journey and keep reading the positive stories on here!
I remember well, the worries and pain of a worsening hip. Find yourself a good surgeon who feels right for you
(try to follow the guidelines listed above on what to look for) and schedule your surgery. I think that’s the most difficult part!
Good luck on your appointment on the 9th.
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I would also suggest making a list to take with you of all your questions you have about the operation, as it's so easy to forget to ask the most basic questions at the time. Also if possible have you got someone who could attend the appointment with you, as I found two pairs of ears are better than one :)

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