Question:My doctor said that he wants me to wait before having a hip replacement because I am only 45 years old. But, I'm in a lot of pain, which he doesn't seem to understand. Why does he want me to wait?
Answer:Whether people should wait for replacements because of their age is debatable. Some doctors feel that if you put in a hip into a young patient, you are increasing the chances of the patient needing a second hip replacement when he or she gets older. However, there is also the quality-of-life issue that needs to be discussed. If someone is in tremendous pain and can't function because of a sore hip, then a replacement might be called for.
Speak with your doctor and make sure that he understands completely how this is affecting your life.Stephen S. Tower, MD. Rim Cracking of the Cross-Linked Longevity Polyethylene Acetabular Liner After Total Hip Arthroplasty. In The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. October 2007. Vol. 89A. No. 10. pp. 2212-2217
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