Needing Knee and hip replacement, which to do first

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hello, I am 52, had left hip replaced a year ago, and went great.  Very active, in good shape and playing 3.0 doubles tennis.   Found out now right knee is bone on bone, and already knew hip is.   I am thinking of doing hip soon, and regenix in knee, hopefully getting at least a year in between.    I am still playing tennis, but slowing down.   Anybody in same situation, and any advice?   I am very discouraged and want to stay active and am so young.  

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    I do so admire you keeping so active...I am struggling whist waiting for hip replacement due to AVN of left hip.

    I wish I could help you make the choice knee or hip.....?

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      Fran,  hope you will get you new hip soon.   You will be amazed how much better you will feel.  What technique is the surgeon doing?  I had the mini posterior and was back at work by 4 weeks and playing tennis.  
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      Hi Susan,

      I'm hoping it won't be too long now but I'm not holding my breath.

      I asked in my pre -op about type of surgery and looks like I will have traditional incision so it will take me a lot longer to recover unfortunately. I can cope with the the pain post surgery it's the 24/7 pain I'm experiencing now is dragging me down as consultant wanted me off all meds before surgery...

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    Susan,

    I'm in the same situation, left hip replaced at 50, complete success then my knee started playing up.

    Had a knee arthroscopy 3 years but it didn't do any good.

    I'm 59 now and still active but can't run any more so it's just cycling and hill walking.

    I'm going to put any more knee surgery off till I'm retired as the stories I've heard from people who've had knee replacement aren't as good as hip replacements.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.

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    Thanks Larry.  I wish I had surgical options with knee, but total knee replacement is it, hopeful regenix injections will put off the knee for a bit, which is why I think I should do the other hip soon.  I sure don't want to get in a crisis situation where both joints are in excruciating pain.  Hips are a piece of cake and new ones are so much better than an arthritic one.   Biking would be a great hobby for me to get back into.  

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      Cycling was a great help when my hip problem was diagnosed at 46 and I had to stop running.

      I'd still be cycling a lot now but walking the dog takes precedence so the cycling has taken a back seat.

      What are regenix injections by the way?

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      Your blood is drawn and they separate the blood platelets and inject them into joint.  Helps to heal and decrease inflammation and some people get up to 9 month relief.   Good thing is it does not damage joint as cortisone does, bad news is insurance is not covering g it yet, costs about $2000.  If it can stall the knee though, it would be worth it to me and I'll fix the hip now.  

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      I live in the UK and haven't heard of it.

      At the moment I use glucosamine tablets which helps the arthritis in my fingers but whether it helps the knee I don't know.

      I did use knee for walking but have given up with it now.

      Cycling is supposed to be good for knees because blood gets pumped to the joint through the pedalling action.

      I'm 100% sure if I had a more sedentary job in an office or other I'd never have had this trouble. Bit late now though hahaha

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    Hi, I'm in the same situation, 45 years old, started with osteoarthritis in hip 5years ago and can now have a replacement.  Have had knee problems since a teenager but the pain and stiffness has progressed over the past 12 months so that they are now causing as much pain and discomfort as my hip.  I have got to the stage where its a drag having to go upstairs, put shoes on etc.  I have reached the limit medication wise without taking opiates which i don't want to touch.  I just feel a bit lost and fed up with it all.  Its uplifting to hear that you are able to play tennis after the operation as at the moment I feel like an old lady.

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      Katy, 

      Sorry you are in so much pain.  Pain can be all consuming. have u thought about.any replacements yet?  If consider the hip, recovery is quick, and I did not have much pain after the first few days.  New hip is so good, I actually look forward to getting the other one done, planning for Jan.  Knee concerns me more, but hoping stem cell injections will buy me time.  It must be very difficult to have both hurting.  Have u had any knee injections?  

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