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Re: Surgery scheduled for next week... Ellle
Hip replacements are supposed to last about 15 years the last time I researched which was some time ago. Initially they used some sort of glue that gave out but later ones allowed muscles to integrate themselves within the apparatus I believe. Each time a new replacement is needed, the success rate is less. In my daughter's case, she wanted to have it done in her late 20's but both her surgeon and I convinced her to wait as long as possible and to build up her thigh muscles for support. It wouldn't relieve the arthritic pain she was experiencing but as long as she had more good days than bad, it would keep her in a better position and for the next 20 or so years it did. Walking the kids home from school, she stepped in an unfilled hole where a bush was dug up and the hole not filled and evidently tore a muscle which never healed and within the year, the replacement was scheduled. The disease had left her one leg growing slightly shorter than the other and her spine had compensated for it. The hip replacement aligned her to a normal position and for the first six months or so she swore it was over sized. Her complaints now are more about her back than her hip.
I must say that our location is pretty good as far as convenience goes. Although too far for most to walk, with a scooter, within a mile or two for most necessities.
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