Hip replacement

I’ve had both hips replaced last March/May and things are better - happy days :smile: but I’m an active 33 year old - swapped more impact exercise for less but my work is on my feet 8-9 hours a day and according to my watch I do on average 10,000 steps per day.

I know a hip replacement can last between 10 to 20 years but in the back of my mind is wearing the replacement down. Does anyone know what it feels like to reach that point? Is it painful? I can’t get an image of my torso being on the floor and my legs to the side of me like an scene from beetle juice.

I know I’m making light of it but it does worry me.

Anyone got any experience?


  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,389

    Ah I get it! Totally!

    Not on my own behalf but that of my youngest who had hip surgery and 18 and a new shoulder joint at 19. No choice the damage was too great and a result of chemotherapy and dexamethasone for cancer.

    I am worried to death about her future. As far as i know (but i will check) she is making hay while the sun shines and getting on with her life.

    There are people on here who have had 'revisions' I am sure one of them will be along soon to tell you their story, but from what I've read they start having hip pain and groin pain again. They don't suddenly drop you on the floor in agony.

    Take care

  • I am currently being denied a hip and knee replacement because of BMI restrictions imposed by my local health authority. I am in severe pain and am unable to walk, I am trying to find a health authority that does not have bmi restrictions so that I can get my GP to refer me to a consultant that will treat me. I'm having alot of problems finding this information, does anyone have a list of hospitals that offer surgery without BMI restrictions. Thanks.


  • Al
    Al Member Posts: 169

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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,704

    Hi danm,

    I don’t THINK that ‘normal usage’ will wear out hip replacements quickly (though marathon running probably would!)

    I have two THRs plus two knee replacements. Well, three in all. One of the replacements was replaced about ten years ago. Yes, I’m a glutton for punishment but I started with RA at 15 back in 1961 and OA followed once the synovial fluid was gone. My first knee replacements were done in 1981. One was revised about ten years ago. My hips followed about 20 and 15 years ago.

    I must emphasise that I’m by no means typical. On the one hand having a full house means there’s a bit more strain on them because it’s hard for the surgeon to get my legs completely level. On the other hand I’ve really looked after my replaced joints with a decent diet, weight and exercises.

    Nowadays, mine are nothing like level. I still have the TKR from 1981 but it’s wandered off out of place. The THR above it has also managed to travel upwards. My surgeon won’t operate on either unless it’ becomes an emergency because it’s too risky.

    I think, at 33, you’re bound to need them revising at some point – if not at two points! My advice would be to just be sensible and enjoy them. When they start to fail it’s just very similar to when the original ones did. My tactic is always to do my exercises more and, preferably, to get physio advice. Some physios look at me aghast and are afraid of breaking me but the good ones really help. They might offer only gentle stuff but it really helps. I

    I wish you many happy years with your current ones. Treat them kindly and have fun together.

    Ellandrhia, I’m afraid BMI is not the main problem right now. I don’t think many, if any orthopaedic departments are doing elective surgery and waiting lists are getting longer. Indeed, I believe some are just closed because they’re so long.

    I would strongly recommend the exercises that Versus Arthritis show. Strong muscles lead to less pain.

    The reason why many hospitals use BMI as a guide is because it’s a fact that the outcome for joint replacements is much better in patients who are not overweight. So, while you’re waiting, why not see what you can do to enhance your probability of success?

    I’ve no idea what the situation is in private hospitals. Perhaps they are working.

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  • Mike1
    Mike1 Member Posts: 1,992

    My baby sister has stage 4 OA in her right knee and was told to lose weight prior to surgery, she duly lost 2 stone and then she was told that they would not operate until she is 67 so she has 9 more years of agony to wait. A high BMI is not just about the pressure on the joints due to extra weight but also can affect anaesthetic and a significantly higher risk of postoperative complications, such as heart attack, wound infection, nerve injury and other problems.

  • Sueathome
    Sueathome Member Posts: 3

    I am 67 and on list for thr and in lots of pain and now unable to walk far even around our house is painful, can’t take aspirin based meds and l also have rheumatoid arthritis for 31 years now l feel in a mess waiting and just sitting putting on weight because l can’t move trying excerise in chair but doesn’t do much anybody got any ideas please this is my first time on here

  • Chris_R
    Chris_R Moderator Posts: 794
    edited 7. Apr 2023, 17:56

    Hi @Sueathome

    Welcome to the online community, great you have found us.

    You write that you are 67 and on the list for a Total Hip replacement.You are in lots of pain and unable to walk far even around the house. and have rheumatoid arthritis for 31 years. You feel a mess because you are putting on weight but are trying to exercise but dont feel its doing any different.

    You are in the right place our forum has lots of people who understand what you are going through and all have different forms of arthritis. so please go on line to chat it often helps.

    Here are afew links that may help.

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  • MaureenB
    MaureenB Member Posts: 29

    Hello Sueathome, I've just looked at post under Living with Arthritis called Pain relief, have a look as it offers some ideas. Its very wearing living with pain as I know.

    I have had both hips replaced. In between, I developed really bad metatarsalgia in one foot and was chair bound for 12 weeks. I doing online exercise classes each day, so I started doing these sitting down. When the instructor started talking a lot, I did a bit of running on the spot ( sitting down) and arm waving. The trick is to do a bit each day so long as it doesn't hurt. There are lots of courses online as you probably know.

    I am now trying to lose a bit of weight and I found this site really helpful, it was developed by a GP practice.