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My name is a Ken.

I am a 54 year old computer professional from the United States who was told I needed total hip replacement surgery, right away.

Although I knew there was something wrong with my hip for years, the new information and urgency was a shock.

I researched many different resources to find out as much information as I could about my options. I tried to find others who had been through the surgery, and scoured the internet for information to answer my questions and soothe my fears and concerns.

There is little information discussing the hip replacement experience from the patient’s point of view Click To Tweet

I learned there was much information out there about total hip replacement surgery. Some was very good, some was biased, and some was true but weighted heavily to benefit lawyers or hospitals. There is very little information discussing the experience from the patient’s point of view at all stages of the the total hip replacement.

  • Stage 1 – Prior to diagnosis
  • Stage 2 – Diagnosis
  • Stage 3 – Surgery decision
  • Stage 4 – Surgery preparation
  • Stage 5 – Surgery
  • Stage 6 – Post-Surgery recovery
  • Stage 7 – Physical therapy and living with the hip replacement
  • Stage 8 – Second hip surgery (In my case)


Continue with my story here.

* I am not a doctor and don’t give out medical advice. You should always contact your medical professional before making any decision dealing with your health.


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  • Ricci Greenwood

    I have been diagnosed with hip osteoarthritis. Edema has set in joints both . I was born 1954. I play basketball at world senior level. I’ve went from running and sprinting faster than everyone my age to PAIN. is there a way for me to have a hip replaced, and still return to basketball at a high level?

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      Ricci – You should check with a orthopedic surgeon before making a final decision on any aspect of your health. With that being said, I have heard of people who are very active with very good success with hip resurface (see my post on it here). I know an active basketball player who continues to play in adult leagues after receiving hip resurface.

      You can read some of the risks with type of surgery which include metallosis and allergies due to the chemical reaction from the rubbing of the components. Also, the head of the femur can be weakened from the smoothing that takes place in order to put a cap over the top of the femur.

      Hip resurface carries less of a risk of dislocation and the joint moves a little faster after the surgery. If you require revision surgery the procedure is easier. Unfortunately, hip resurface carries all the risk of other hip replacement surgeries.

      I hope this helps and would love to hear what you decide and the how you are doing.