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Jim@concordfarms    Posted 07-29-2004 at 12:13:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
First, I want all of you to know how much I appreciate having all of you around. I hardly ever say anything, but I read every day. I went to a knee specialist yesterday with a pain in my knee that's been getting steadily worse for several weeks now. I'm to the point I can't walk without a cane and my family doctor didn't want to give me any strong medication till she knew exactly what was wrong. Long story short, the knee doc says I need a total hip replacement. I was so shocked, I walked through the parking lot with a few tears in my eyes. I'm only 47. I don't understand why this has happened to me. My hip doesn't hurt, just my knee. Now I'm supposed to go to a hip replacement clinic in Mooresville IN. Supposed to be the best around. Have any of you had this surgery? Should I get some more opinions before I let them do this to me? Thanks for any and all opinions. Jim.

Bud ij NC    Posted 07-30-2004 at 04:16:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like mine did - nerves radiate the pain down toward the knee. You do need to get a second and maybe a third opinion - no point in rushing into major surgery. I had to have both my hips replaced the first time when I was 39 years old. I had them "revised" a couple of years ago. They last 10 to 15 years. Due to my job as a Turbine/Generator Outage Planner I was on concrete and steel decking, up and down stairs, climbing ladders, carrying a laptop computer, brief cases, etc that weighed 4 times my weight limit....just about everything they said not to do!
Biggest thing - I was so scared the first time that I didn't eat anything for 3 or 4 days before hand - that was a mistake! Due to that I spent a couple of weeks on IV antibiotics to kill the bacterial blood infection I picked up.
Shoot me an e-mail and I'll fill you in on the details if you want them.
I have one of the best hip replacement doctors in country down here, too if you're interested - used to be the director of the Orthepedics Dept at Duke University Hospital. He's near Asheville, NC. He also replaced my wife's knee. Shoot me a note with specific questions and I'll try to answer them.

DigitalMat    Posted 07-29-2004 at 23:45:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
In this respect this is like taking your car to a garage. You are looking for the best advice, the correct diagnosis and quality work done. You have every right and urgency to shop around. You have the right to demand good service. Don't let them give you the run-around. Many doctors I know were taught in medical school that they were gods. It doesn't hurt to do some research on your own, and talk to them about it. You are paying for it, get good service!!

EGH    Posted 07-29-2004 at 15:29:12       [Reply]  [No Email]

it is important that you are happy with your orthopedic surgen, like all these good folks say,
get a different opinion. it took two times before
i found the doc that put me back together. broke
my back in two places and shattered my left femur.
i am now on my 2nd rod in my left femur, broke it again after a couple of months. i`m keeping all my hardware now. orthopedic surgery has come along ways in the last decade.i wish you the very best. egh

GeneSC    Posted 07-29-2004 at 15:14:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another opinion cant hurt, my wife has one
about 11 year now,(fell and crushed it so bad it
couldn't be fixed) but she's had NO problems
at all, fact she's working out on a "Gazelle"
right now. But if I were your age i'd certinally
get another opinion: Good Luck,(keep us posted)
we all tend to worry about "family

ron,ar    Posted 07-29-2004 at 15:01:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I concur, with everyone else, get another opinion. Hope it works out well.

Kellyb    Posted 07-29-2004 at 14:50:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree with everybody else! Get minimally 1 or 2
more opinions and like Dee says do your research!
Don't forget medicine is big business!

deadcarp    Posted 07-29-2004 at 14:47:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jim i've known 2 hip and 2 knee replacemnts on 4 individuals. If it were my knee right now, i'd be very hesitant because they're doing something wrong right now (losing too many patients) and people are having clots get loose up to 2 weeks after surgery. Our neighbor recently lost his wife to that. My ex had a knee replaced years ago and she's never walked right since.

My wife had a hip replaced 17 years ago - she's kinda babied it and it's time for a new one. Another neighbor gal is having trouble walking and her new hip is a year old. They all went thru plenty of pain. Don't torture yourself but don't dive into either procedure lightly either. :)

RichZ    Posted 07-29-2004 at 14:32:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'll agree with everyone else. Get another opinion!!! Joint replacements only last something like 10 years on the average. I badly injured my knee in college, and I turned 50 last month. My knee has been very bad for years, and the only thing that can improve it is knee replacement. I've been to several specialists, and they all advised me to do all I can to baby it, because I'm way too young to have it done. I take a drug that helps, and there may be non-surgical means for you as well. I also am very careful with my knee, I walk up steps 1/2 step at a time. I may look silly, but my knee has been holding up. Get another opinion, and another after that.

On top of that, joint replacement is very painful surgery, with a very painful recovery.

donna in wv    Posted 07-29-2004 at 14:21:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
granny had hip replacement and after 6-8 wks. she felt better than ever however she had her surgery after getting 2 opionons by 2 fine ortho.surgeons and they were all in agreement. I'd wouldn't have any surgury without a second and maybe third opionion.

buck    Posted 07-29-2004 at 13:46:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

I had knee problems for years and my regular Dr. said I was approaching knee replacement. Then hip problems started and got so bad that I could not sit down. The second specalist said you have spine/disk problems and operated. No more knee, hip or back problems. Yes find a DR. that knows their stuff and will do the proper test to show where the problems are.

Dee in mid MO    Posted 07-29-2004 at 13:39:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Jim - First: It is possible to have pain in the knee that radiates from the hip as the only symptom of hip disease. Second: You are correct about questionning one doctor's opinion if you are uncomfortable about it. Do get another. There could be many reasons that are causing dysfunction and pain of your knee. If it were me, I would talk to an orthopedic specialist. What assessments were done of the hip & knee? Did your doctor do any of these tests: draw fluid from the knee, X-ray or MRI of the knee or hip, or order physical therapy over the course of your appointments? When you know what your exact problem is, then you will be able to make a logical decision as to what to do. Please research knee & hip disease - there are excellent websites on the internet. Arming yourself with knowledge will help you understand what the doctors are saying and will make you your own best advocate. God Speed. Dee

JB    Posted 07-29-2004 at 13:17:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a sister in law who had the hip replacement when she was around 40. (Hers was due to a childhood injury). The doctor put it off until she could hardly get around because he told her it was only good for so many years (I think he maybe said 20 yrs). Had it done and it worked wonderfully well for years, but it has been near 20 years and I see she is really limping again. Not sure if they can do it again or not.
#2. Another sister in law just got out of the hosp for this surgery.. she fell and broke her hip. She said right now she feels better than she has in years (could be from having a 2 weeks rest!) She is using a walker right now, but she is surely pleased with the surgery.
I'd say listen to those who advise a 2nd or even 3rd opinion, and then if it is necessary, go in and get it done, and follow orders to a T !! Good luck.

~Lenore    Posted 07-29-2004 at 13:02:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get one or two more opinions!!
Being 47 years old,
do not let anyone do hip surgery without getting more opinions.

Stormie    Posted 07-29-2004 at 12:34:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would seek the opinion of another Doctor if you are unsure. It is always best that you feel well informed and certain about choices like these before you have anything done.

Take care and good luck.


Ennis    Posted 07-29-2004 at 12:31:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
A friend's mother (OLder) was told she needed a hip replacement and she went and had a second and third opinion and it turns out she had a pinched nerve and is now in treatment for that.

Believe me I would get another medical opinion

dg    Posted 07-29-2004 at 12:24:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Definitely get some more doc's opinions. I've heard lots a stories where people been told they need all sorts of operations, got more opininons and found out things all together different. Your hip could cause your knee to hurt, possibly a nerve being pinched in the hip socket.

SusieQ    Posted 07-30-2004 at 03:47:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Definitely, get a second and third opinion...why, because you have a lot of years ahead of you yet.

If you have a job that puts a lot of stress on the knees, watch this.

If your favorite pasttimes, hobbies, puts stress on hips and knees, think about changing, modifying the lifestyle......can't hurt, and good luck with the results.

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