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Hi everyone, please help I'm 22years old and been diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in my left hip and slightly in the knee, the kneenid of no concern.

I've use daily crutches to walk for around 2years now and my daily living is badly effected, I've recently had to come out of employment due to the severity of the arthritis however yesterday my othapedic specialists told me there is no option but to do a full hip replacement this year.

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    What's the problem. A hip replacement will make your hip like new. A friend of mine has had her hip done twice and the second time she had even better movement that after they did it the first time. As long as you do all the physio you will be up and running around and can throw those crutches away. 

     

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      Haha oh god I hope so, well just I've been having a 4year battle diagnosing the problem then was told I was to young for a hip replacement but after a second opinion and manny looks at my X-rays and things, they decided it's the best option and been told it will be this year! I just kinda want to know what kinda time il be waiting before I'm given an op date as I want this done more than anything in the world

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      Waiting times vary by area in the UK. If you are in the UK this is the time to be very thankful for the NHS because although you may have to wait you will get it down at zero cost to you. If you lived in the USA no health insurance, no hip replacement. The NHS isn't perfect but it does work as there are more happy stories than bad ones. 

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      True, well as I say it's this year I've been told so suppose I can't ask for anymore than that and and no cost it is a win win, just canot wait to be out of pain and mobility back!

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    Hello Lewis, Firstly let me say that yes you are young to be suffering with Osteo Arthritis. I had Septic Arthritis at aged 11 and it developed into Osteo Arthritis with my knee, now both knees, so i am a veteren on this subject. Modern surgeries are getting better all the time. I have had many surgeries and knee replacement from an early age also. My recent op was last Dec a partial knee. You will most certainly be pain free afer a hip replacement and have good mobility. A lady of 23 yrs was having her hip done when i was in the hospital. It will change your life, you will be able to do most things again. I wish you the best for your recovery. Do let the forum know how you got on if you so wish to. 

    Elizabeth.

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      THats very comforting to know is thankyou very much for your help and advice there Elizabeth it's much appreciated, I'm a little concerned as to how long il be waiting as it was only ok'd 2days ago for the thr, any idea's on how long I maybe waiting considering I was told this year??

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      Maximum waiting is about 18 wks. I am in Leicestershire. When you go for your pr op tests ask about anything your not sure about. Write down any questions your not sure about and ask them to explain in detail what the op entails. My advice is do the exercises your shown, don't try to do too much too soon. Build up your strength slowly. It will take about 3 mths recovery but it's worth it. I had a bit of pain from the op that lasted a few days, the arthritic pain was totally gone from day one. You will be a bit sore to start with and with hips you will be shown how to sleep to start with as you do have to be careful about twisting. My friend had a hip done last October and he as been free of pain and it's the best thing for him. Asi have said i haven't had a hip done but have had 2 full knee replacements on my left knee and a partial one on my right knee. I had deformity with my left one and had the tibia and fibia straightened. I would be in a wheelchair now if it wasn't for replacements. I wish you the best and if you need to ask anything don't hesitate.

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      Aw thanks brilliant well il be sure to write any questions I have post op, I honestly carnt remember a pain free day so thinking about actually being free from the arthritic pain I can't even imagine😂, but I really appreciate your time and help so thankyou il be sure to keep you posted!

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