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Help Dr. Mark. I don't want a hip replacement.

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I’m 27 and had a femur fracture back in 2000 while skiing. I had the interfemoral rod repair and started having thigh/quad pain in March of this year after lugging 80+ lbs. of baggage around the airport at the start of my honeymoon. Now walking is painful and straight leg lifts are murder. They both hurt right in the quad area. I also have a pretty limited range of motion rotating my hip axially (like if I tried to sit Indian style.)Biking doesn’t hurt even up hill.

After toughing it out for a while hoping it would get better I sought treatment. The orthopedic specialist’s diagnosis was very disheartening. After reviewing my x-ray he said there was no new fracture and the bone callus looked good but declared that I have osteo-arthritis and will need a new hip. He said “it could be 1 year or 10 years but eventually it will hurt enough that you will come back wanting a new hip.” In the x-ray we reviewed he said the space between the femur head and socket was smaller than it should be and that there were cysts in the hip area near the joint. He was very disinterested in the symptoms that I interpreted as indicating muscle injury; the x-ray was all the info he needed. Even the fact that the pain started very suddenly instead of building slowly he said was unusual but not unheard of. When I asked what might help besides a new hip he said “low impact exercise”.

What alternatives are there for me besides hip replacement? It this what I get for visiting an osteo who specializes in joint replacement? How do I find a second opinion I can live with? I don’t want a hip replacement!

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Having been on this forum a while and having gotten help from Dr. Mark myself I would bet his first request will be to post your x-ray.

To not delay his ability to give you a better answer if you have them or can get them I would suggest it...

Just my 2cents...

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Hey, I just had a hip replacement 5 weeks ago and I feel better than I have in over ten years. I had the same symptoms as you and I was :thumbsup: miserable. I'd do it. Do research on the Anterior Approach and Resurfacing. My surgeon said I have no limitations and said no problem riding in a couple months. I'm walking with very little pain if any, and I'm walking without a walker or cane. I'm 47 and I healed up fast, so you being 27 hell, you'll be back on your feet in no time. Trust me, It's worth it. :applause::ride::applause:

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My dad had both of his hips replaced last year. He was up walking the day of surgery, and was able to drive home 400+ miles a few days after surgery. He was in severe pain for years before the replacements, but was back to work logging at 3 months after each replacement. Hip replacements have come a long way. There was a kid at the NCAA basketball tournament a few years ago that had a hip replacement at a really young age.

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