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Anyone have a hip replacement in their 20's?

Is there anyone that had Perthes go through a Direct Anterior Hip Replacement. My son is 26. He is researching the Anterior Hip Replacement or a biological hip from a donor. Dr.s say his hip is too far gone for a POA.


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  • valofsonwithLCP

    I've not had a hair replacement yet, but yesterday I went to the hospital to see my othapedics specialist and I've been given the okay for a full hip replacement in 22 yrs old only information I've been given is that it will be done this year so I will keep you posted.

  • valofsonwithLCP

    Hi Val, I hope your sons operation went well. I am 29 years old and have been told by an orthopeadic surgeon a hip replacement is my only option now, so I am also looking to hear from people who have had replacements in their 20's. I was diagnosed with Perthes age 7 and have coped up to now, but the pain/limitations on life have become too much. All the evidence seems to suggest that young patients get great outcomes from full replacements. All the best to your son.

    • eleanor25383

      Hi Eleanor,

      My son is 6 days out of surgery and doing great. Has only taken 1 pain pill the first night, but stays consistently on 1000mg Tylenol and 800mg of ibuprofen every 8 hours. Plus ICE every time he exercises. He gets up and walks every hour. All of this is following the directions of his doctor.

      Does he have some pain or discomfort, of course, they have cut off the top of the femur and jammed a piece of metal into your bone and a cheese grater to the socket. So what do you think? Mike is also not over weight and in good shape going into to this.

      Mike's surgery went well. They used a spinal for anesthesia and he walked out using a walker.

      I do suggest when looking for a doctor to find one that does a lot of hips from the anterior (from the front) approach. Mike's dr does around 200 a year. Remember your hip isn't the normal hip replacement due to having perthes.

    • valofsonwithLCP

      Thank you very much Val. I am so pleased to hear your son is doing well. After reading some of these threads and your suggestion to make sure I talk to the surgeon about the difference in a Perthes patient I definitely will - it was something I hadn't thought about before, thank you.

      Can I ask what material the replacement is? Ceramic, plastic or metal? Or a combination?

    • eleanor25383

      The material they used was ceramic and polyetholene.

      Not all perthes patients may have issues, but Mike had to have a lot of work done on the acetabulum side.

      What area are you from?


    • eleanor25383

      Hi there, I'm 28 and had a private appointment with Dr P Gikas he specialists in the anterior approach. I still think that I want to be referred to him. He works privately but takes on NHS patients. He told me to go back to get a refferal via NHS! I'm Lincoln but travelled down to see him it was£220 but worth it to see someone quickly then I rang the NHS and I managed to skip the telephone call and that wait and went straight to the consult doctor for a refferal but ensure you have s list of questions you want to ask

    • eleanor25383

      Eleanor, as mine was a total hip replacement, ball and socket, I was one of the first patients to have a titanium ball and post, and a plastic and ceramic socket 👍🏼

    • valofsonwithLCP

      Do you mind me asking who you used? I'm looking and it's hard to find joe many they have done and people who have operated on people with perthes I'm 27 and been told I need one too I've been privately but it's hard to know who's right so it's good to hear personal reviews .

    • lucyosborne

      Hi Lucy,

      My son had his surgery done by Dr. DeCook. He practices out of Northside Forsyth Hospital in Georgia. He does probably 200 or more a year, so he is very experienced. He did fantastic and it was well worth. Are you in the states? Mike walked out after surgery, at 3 weeks went back for a check up, at 6 weeks was released. He will have his next and last check up in a week, 3 months out.  Hope this helps.

  • Mike is 3 weeks out of having a hip replacement. He is walking with a cane, but doesn't really need it much. Just there for just in case. His gate looks normal, no more gimp walk. He even looks taller because he walks differently. Hip doesn't hurt at all. Knee is a little sore as the doctor lengthened his leg and his muscles are having to get used to it. I will tell you that he is VERY diligent at doing his PT, several times a day. This is a must. Looks like he will be heading back to med school in about a month and a half.


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