Well I got Maureen into see the specialist yesterday after being referred by our Doctor.
Maureen has been in some pain with her left hip for some time now and had an x-ray that showed up the extent of the damage. She has a cyst in the bone right in the middle of the socket part of the leg.
Still after a thorough examination they advised her to have it replaced, with the right one to be done later. So hand in pocket I was ready to cough up for private treatment, but we were told in Maureen's case it will be no longer that 3 months.
So fingers crossed she will be back on top form in time for next season.
Had my right hip joint replaced in March and that was about 3 months from seeing the Consultant. Hopefully the days of waiting 2 years for such an operation are long over. Have to say I received excellent treatment and after care from the NHS. The most amazing thing about it was how the pain disappeared. Having taken strong painkillers for 3 years it was strange not to take anything. Its an operation that can make a very big difference to your daily life. Happy to answer any questions/concerns your wife may have.
I had my left one replaced June last year at Bassetlaw , cannot praise the staff, all of them, for the great treatment and care provided. Had an epidural and felt really great as soon as it wore off , no more pain. Put the work in afterwards with the exercises you are given and you will reap the reward. Op done within two months of seeing my GP about the problem Hope yours goes as well as mine Tony
Hello All, My wife Sharon is 48 years old and is really in a lot of pain with her hips, she has had them ex-rayed and hopefully will get this sorted soon. She to like klyne has said is on the most strongest pain killers but they just make her so tired. Our doctor has said they also do something else now which i think is like injecting a mastic gun and filling around her hip bones. Obviously were worried because she is so young. This all has come about because for many years she was on the HRT patches which also caused her breast cancer but touch wood she has beat that. As bugs said thank god for our health service. Thanks any advise would be great. mark
Perhaps your GP means resurfacing, which is similar to a hip replacement operation, or simply injecting the hip with pain relief - to be honest, having a fair amount of orthopaedic nursing experience, the 'mastic' thing is one I've not heard of, so I googled it, & nothing came up, despite the number of derivatives I gave it - but I may be wrong.
Essentially, the definitive treatment would be a hip replacement, but this would give her years of mobility & pain freedom for a little time in pain & rehab, & whilst I understand your retiscence, replacement probably has the best long term prognosis.
Whilst I appreciate your feelings regarding your wife's young age for a hip replacement, in future (probably 20 yrs time) it may need to be replaced, but it may not, but a friend of mine has just undergone this following several failed attempts to repair injuries following an accident - she is 35 - she has full mobility & independence, having been dependent on people for 8 years for the simplest of tasks, & whilst no surgical procedure is without risk, the benefits can often out weigh them.
I hope you come to a decision about treatment so you can put the years of pain behind you.
I am sorry to here that Mo is not getting any information about her op. June is almost in the same position except she has been told that it will be before April. We will believe it when we get a letter giving us the date.