I was 18 when I had the "old fashioned" hip replacement surgery. It was called "Vitallium cup arthroplatsy". As I understand it, they placed a steel cup in my hip socket. I was in surgery for over six hours and off my feet for over seven weeks. That was in 1968 and I still have the same cup in my right hip.
I would do it again without hesitation. For me it was a quality of life issue. The pain was overwhelming. I have had little pain since. I hurt if I do too much, but Tylenol will fix the pain. Today's surgeries are so much better and more effective than my old fashioned one.
Compared to a transplant, it is much easier in my opinion.
Mary, if it was me I would get the replacement surgery. Why suffer if it can improve your life without pain. I would have a good discussion with my kidney doctor about the problems that the surgery might cause with my kidney txd and discuss with them and the hip doctor about the % success of the replacement surgery for relieving the pain. Good luck, youre in my prayers.
Hi, I know a lady who is 19 years post liver transplant had two hips done and also has a rod in her back due to steroids after her liver transplant.
She is doing great she does suffer from neuropathy but it is good to know someone that is doing well sadly in the older days after a transplant they kept you on those dang steroids so long... Truly hurts our bones !!!
Praying For You!!! If you get it done make sure it is a good surgeon and the hospital has a low infection rate....
Mary, hope you decided to do the hip replacement. My husband is a heart transplant recipient (7 years ago) and had one hip done two years ago and one last summer. The journey wasn't much fun, but he feels MUCH better now.