How long do I have?greenspun.com : LUSENET : About Joints : One Thread
I was just diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis of the hip at the age of 35. I am having a hard time accepting this, as I am quite young and just about to become a first time father. Realistically, with the right diet, wieght management, glucasamine and chondrotin supplements, and swimming therapy is it possible to postpone hip replacement and be relatively mobile for 5 to 10 years? Also is hip resurfacing an option for me?
-- peter calamari (Peter.Calamari@thomson.net), March 28, 2003
Your options are hip replacement or resurfacing. The resurfacing device is still investigational. You can get more info on it from Dr. Harlan Amstutz web site http://www.orthohospital.org/doctors/hamstutz.html or from Wright Medical http://www.wmt.com.
-- Marc Hungerford, M.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 06, 2003.
You have until you can't take the pain anymore and then you will decide what to do. I waited 18 months and wish I had done this a yeas sooner. I would have lived one more year without pain. I am 47 diaged at 46.
-- Joe Fortunato (email@example.com), October 14, 2004.
Pete I just had my hip replaced on the 30th of Sept. 04. It is now Nov. 10 04 and I FEEL GREAT!!!! I am walking without a cane around the house already and have nearly 120 degrees of motion. I have no more pain! for the first time in 5 years. I am also 49 years old. I had mine done in Woodstock Ontario not far from where I live, I wish I would have had it done sooner. The glucasamine and all of the other stuff work for a while but the new hip is the best! It takes a long time to get it done and at 35 you will hear "your too young" so start now and don't give up!!!!! TOM
-- Tom Rehberg (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 03, 2004.