Collapsed Hip Narcrotic

GellyBelly66 Member Posts: 3
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:05 in Living with arthritis
Hi, I'm currently on the waiting list for a complete hip replacement and obviously due to covid 19 this is now well on the back burner (rightly so) However, my pain and mobility are getting worse by the day. My other hip is also on the way although not narcrotic yet. I've noticed someone made a comment saying that their second hip replacement was carried out within 4 months. Is that usual? As I was under the impression that you had to wait at least 18months. That does seem incredibly quick!


  • Sharon_K
    Sharon_K Member Posts: 460

    Hi GellyBean

    welcome to the online community it is lovely to have you here. Yes sadly booked surgeries have been postponed but as you say rightly so for now. The decision as to when you can have a second hip done does depend on what your surgeon would recommend and also on how you recover from the first surgery. It is certainly worth having that discussion when you next seem him. You are right some people recover very quickly and do have their second hip very quickly.

    Meanwhile you might find this pain management excercise course helpful

    Let us know how you get on and I am sure some of our members will share their experience

    Best Wishes


  • GellyBelly66
    Thank you for your response. I'll certainly have a look at your suggestion.
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 9. Apr 2020, 05:45

    Hello GellyBelly, from my years on here I have learned that what applies or works for one patient will not necessarily be the case for another. I have a creaky foot in both arthritis camps, osteo-wise I was refused knee replacements nine years ago due to extreme youth (I was 52) and psoriatic-wise some swear by a med that tried to explode my liver.

    When second replacements are under consideration there are factors to be taken into account which people sometimes do not realise. A friend's not-overweight 76 year old husband had his first hip done in January and could have had the second done now due to his overall high level of physical fitness (and the fact it is nowhere else). Hips are far more straightforward mechanical joints than knees, which helps too. I won't be having new joints because the OA is now (and unsurprisingly) grinding away in both ankles and both hips thanks to the knees, plus my psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is in all my toes.

    I have used walking aids to help my balance and stability for many years, they certainly ease the strain on my affected joints and help me to go further and do more (well, they did, thanks to the meds for my PsA I am now strictly confined to barracks). When a leg joint is affected we naturally (and unconciously) alter the way we stand and move to lessen the pain and thus throw other joints out of kilter which then causes more hurt. Do you use any aids and what pain relief has your GP suggested? DD

    PS I am not sure what you mean by narcrotic, it's not a term I have heard of. I do know that necrotic means dead tissue and narcotic is any kind of strong (and often illegal) drug.

    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,487

    I think she means necrotic DD. My own daughter had Avascular necrosis (well still does) and ended up needing hip surgery and a new shoulder joint I'm sure you remember at 18 and 19 respectively.

    She was lucky though it not being a time like now with COVID going on and preventing surgeries.

    Gellybelly some people even have BOTH hips (or knees) done at the same time! This of course is an individual thing and dependent on our health and ability to recover from the surgery I should think. Your surgeon will look at you and your hips as an individual and the 4 month gap might not be safe for you.

    I hope you have been given good pain relief to tide you over while you wait. I am so sorry you are having this delay sending ((())) and best wishes.