THR Pain, torn labrum, am I ready for a replacement?

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About 45 days ago, I started having intense pain in my left hip. Had problems sleeping. Then started irritating me when walking. It’s nearly nonstop pain level 8-10 regardless what I do. Can’t sleep most of the time.
Went to see the ortho practice— couldn’t see my joint doc but got an X-ray and the PA said I have a torn labrum. She suggested because of the degeneration and bone spurs would make more sense to do a replacement rather than a repair.

I’m open to this as I did both my knees in 2018 with a lot of success. Anything I need to consider getting a left hip after two knees?

Thanks!

Beth
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RTKR Nov 2018

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@bethsail. :welome: to the hip side of bonesmart. I had two knees replaced when I had my first hip done and then the second. There was no issues for me or the OS. The best part was that the knees were not hurting and were strong and I knew I could depend on them. Just a note that the hip recovery is easier than the knee. Below is some information about hips.

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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?
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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?

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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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My pain started with a torn labrum and slight osteoarthritis. My sister had had a torn labrum, too, at the age if 35. She had a labrum replacement, which is a newer and specialized procedure. I did a ton of research trying to figure out the differences between a labrum replacement, labrum repair, and total hip replacement. After talking to some physical therapists, I found out that the non-invasive labral repair was not very reliable. There were a lot of do-overs and not as many happy patients. The specialist that does labral replacements didn't think I would be a great,candidate because I'm over 40 and had ostroarthritis, so, ultimately I decided to get my hip replaced. I wish I had not wasted so much time doing that research. I would have been up and around a lot sooner.

I had a rare complication during my surgery that has extended my healing, but am confident it will turn out fine.
 

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I am having surgery on Thursday and the pain from the torn labrum was my tipping point. I have 2 bad knees, and by xray the hip wasn't as bad but the pain became much worse and MRI confirmed a tear with spurs, etc. I'm 61 which makes the replacement a better choice. Best of luck to you and I will post about my experience.
 
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I am having surgery on Thursday and the pain from the torn labrum was my tipping point. I have 2 bad knees, and by xray the hip wasn't as bad but the pain became much worse and MRI confirmed a tear with spurs, etc. I'm 61 which makes the replacement a better choice. Best of luck to you and I will post about my experience.
Look forward to hearing about it. This pain is wayyy worse than any I had with my knees. I hope I can get a surgery date this year.
 

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