I am seeking some advice regarding my hip arthritis. Firstly, I know how much others are suffering and in far worse situations than I find myself in.
I am a retired 63-year-old man, diagnosed with moderate osteoarthritis in my hip a year ago. I had symptoms about two years prior to actually getting the diagnosis. It has gradually gotten worse over this period.
I have always been active, running, mountain walking and karate for many years. Now I am a keen long-distance walker and bike rider but finding it more and more difficult to keep up the walking. I can walk for a couple of hours with some pain.
So, my question is whether I should consider trying to get a resurfacing operation for my hip. I have read that generally its recommended for under 60’s but is the best if you wish to remain active. I would like to get back to being able to do long distance hikes in the mountains, not the running or karate. Is this realistic? If so, how do I go about getting it done, will I have to go down the private route and if so what are the costs and options.
Thank you very much