Is the other knee in dire need of a replacement? Such surgery should be considered only if the arthritis is severe enough (bone-on-bone) and then only if it truly is compromising your mobility. I certainly would not have it done to "even things out."
Seeing as the diagnostics show nothing, I would recommend aqua therapy. I have moderate-to-severe OA in my hip and lower back & water aerobics has helped me immensely.
I am not a medical professional but I do know that there is a strong connection between the hip & knee & that some who suffer with an arthritic hip (myself included) also experience pain in the same-side knee (even though the knee is free of arthritis). That being said, because you said the pain in your knee began after your surgery I don't know if there is this connection or perhaps something else is going on.
Hopefully others on this site will chime in. As always, be sure to check with your doctor about this.
So glad to hear of the great outcome! Again, I can't speak from experience but do understand that a difference in leg length is very common after THR. I'm sure your doctor is well aware of this & may suggest an orthotic for your shoe(s).
I use an orthotic for high insteps & they are very comfortable & beneficial.
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Are you able to join a gym that has a pool? Water therapy is one of the best for arthritis. It may hurt some while doing it but it will help with mobility & also your state of mind. I highly recommend it.View Thread
Hello chetre, Consider no responses a good sign as most use these communities to share negative experiences. You will notice that there is more discussion about the knee than the hip. Another good sign.
I cannot speak from personal experience however, I belong to a gym where many members have had hip and/or knee replacement surgeries & I have yet to hear of a negative report about the hip. Do keep in mind that as individuals, we may respond differently to such procedures. Most have said that had they known of the improvement in life style, they would have scheduled the hip replacement sooner.
Best of luck to you with the surgery & your new hip. When you're feeling up to it, please update us on your condition.
Seeing as joint replacement is major surgery, it should be the last of treatment options.
How badly do your knees affect your quality of life? Have you tried alternative treatments such as water therapy and/or other exercises? Are you overweight? Additional weight is a burden on all joints, but most especially the knees.
The expert doctor on this site (Dr. Raj) is very much against bilateral replacements. Research this site to read his reasons why.
Hello zsunlight, I am not Debbie & I'm also not a medical professional however, I will share with you my experience.
My arthritic hip has been bone-on-bone for a couple of years now & although it can be painful at times, I'm getting by. My surgeon wants me to wait until I can't walk a block. I am 57 years old & my surgery would be a bit more complex than the average THR as I have a benign tumor in my femor. The condition is known as "fibrous dysplasia." The surgery would require cementing the "hardware" to the femur which, of course, would be complicated to have to undo down the road.
Getting back to your question, I do believe that bone-on-bone can worsen by damaging the bone. Keeping your weight down & performing low impact exercises is one way of postponing surgery. I find warm water aerobics to be very therapeutic.
Please keep in mind that we find more negative surgery stories on these websites than positive ones. We are all different & respond differently to various procedures, medications, etc.
In all my research on the subject of joint replacements, including first-hand stories, I believe the outcome of these surgeries, for the most part, is successful & leads to a better quality of life.
If you are younger, I would advise postponing the surgery until it becomes intolerable. Again, this is my opinion.