Hello Tate42, My surgeon won't replace mine & I'm 56. X-rays show bone-on-bone & it is painful but he feels I'm functioning too well & that I should wait because a replacement lasts for about only 15 years. Of course, there are some surgeons who aren't as concerned about that & will perform the operation regardless of age.
I can look at it from a couple perspectives. I respect the surgeon's concern for me however, if (assuming I live for another 30ish years) & have the first replacement in 5 years, I will only be that much older for the second one. I'm sure surgery of any kind carries greater risks the older one is.
For now, I'm living day-to-day. If I eventually have it done with this surgeon, I'm afraid he won't agree to it until I'm using a walking aid on a full-time basis.
I'm sure you'll hear from others who've had it done at your age & even younger.
My advice would be to wait until it's intolerable on an on-going basis. I noticed with mine, if I overdo it, it will feel worse but surprisingly gets better (for now). I swim daily & I believe this helps all my joints.
Hi chezrebecca, I can't speak from experience but have heard from others that the ceramic implants can produce sounds. It may be a good idea to check with your doctor to rule out any problems.
It is no myth that the humidity is not very friendly to an arthritic joint. However, I don't know what affect it may have on an implant, if any. If anything, it would be the surrounding area that may be affected by this. Another item you should discuss with your doctor.
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, JudithKi. Today is the first day that I've succumbed to a cane. I really need it! In one way, it's good as I'm finally relieved of my indecision about the surgery.
Best wishes for as good of a recovery from your knee replacement as you had with your hip!
Hi Kathie, The following are the reasons for this: 1) It will have to be done at the Cleveland Clinic because no local surgeons have experience with the fibrous dysplasia I have in my left femur. 2) I live alone (with my cat) & am concerned about the loss of independence. 3) I have a pretty severe case of Fibromyalgia, which will also complicate matters.
I am just now realizing that I can no longer cope with the situation as it stands & I intend to call the Cleveland Clinic this week to schedule an office visit. I went there last November & feel very confident about the specialist who has experience with my condition. He assured me that he's performed many such surgeries on cases like mine & boasted "with no revisions."
I hope to be able to schedule the surgery for early fall, if not sooner.
Let's keep one another posted. I will be thinking about you on June 26th - I'm sure all will go well.
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