Patient Stories: Ron's Osteoarthritis-Related Hip Replacements

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I’ve had, I like I said, my joints—the osteoarthritis has made sure that I’ve had my joints replaced—like, 2 shoulders, so they’re very similar surgeries—and then it became the hips. Again, it was both hips done.

And I knew, after the problems with my shoulders, how it felt—because of the bone situation—I knew it was going to be a surgery.

After going through shoulder surgery, the hip replacements to me were so simple: couple days in the hospital—about three days in the hospital—physical therapy; I would say that after being in a walker, and then using a cane, within 6 weeks I was back to normal. And that applied to both hips. Which I was very happy about, compared to what happened to my shoulders. So I look at hip replacements as being easy.

Again, so much depends on your surgeon. One of the things that is probably the worst thing about hip replacements is when it’s done, both legs have to be the exact same length. A lot of times, in surgeries, even if it’s off by just a little portion, you start having problems walking. When I went to my [physical] therapist after surgery, they knew who my surgeon was, because they could tell that both legs were perfect. And that is probably a key.

And that’s a key, probably, for any surgery you’re going to go through: Do some research about the surgeon. You’re not going to know everything, but you do have to meet with them—I think that’s important—and you have to have some level of confidence in interaction, that you both feel you have two-way communications.