Hip Operation Questions

Hi I would like to say hello and tell you about myself I am a full time carer for my husband with MS and am in a lot of pain from my hip. I have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritus of my right hip and have been told I will need a hip replacement.

Due to Covid I have shielded my husband for a year since the pandemic started and I am so desperate to have some normality when restrictions ease. I have missed my children and grandchild so much only seeing them very few times and at a distance. After a long wait I have got a telephone consultation with a hip surgeon this week and I just want to seek some advice from you. Best case scenario for me at the moment would be if I could have the hip op maybe towards the end of the year and be offered a targeted hip injection to ease my pain and let me have a few months when lockdown ends to have a bit of normal life with less pain before having to go through the long recovery period of a hip op.

Do you think would be something I might be offered and have any of you had a targeted hip injection and how long did it work for. Thanks



  • anneb82
    anneb82 Moderator Posts: 55

    Hello @Jaceyduck

    Thank you for your post and welcome to the online community. I hope that you will find this a friendly and safe space to share and join in.

    I understand that you have finally spoken to a surgeon after a long wait. You are in considerable pain with you left hip and have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis. You are wondering whether a targeted injection would be the way to go in the interim while you wait for your hip replacement.

    It must have been difficult for you with the pain that you are suffering with as well as being a carer for your husband. I know Covid has been trying for us all and is has not been easy for any of us. We are all looking forward to getting back to normal.

    I personally have never heard of this targeted injection that you have mentioned, however one of the many people within the community may have.

    Ive included a couple of links below that I think may be of some sort of help to you.

    I hope that they are of help to you.

    Please continue to look around the forum and get involved. Please also do keep us updated on how you are getting on. I hope that you find some comfort soon.

    Take care

    Anne (moderator)

  • Lilymary
    Lilymary Member Posts: 1,038

    Hi @Jaceyduck , welcome to the crew. I’m sorry to hear you’ve had such a tough time lately, and now have a wrecked hip to boot. I’m also waiting for a new hip, and had the targeted steroid injection in August. I’m afraid I got no benefit from it at all, not even momentarily, whereas others find they get up to several. months relief. It’s can be difficult for surgeons to predict the outcome, so I wouldn’t set too much store by it - if it works, it’s a bonus, but it can’t be guaranteed.

  • Jaceyduck
    Jaceyduck Member Posts: 8

    Thankyou Ann for your response, I talk to the hip surgeon this Wednesday and will convey my feelings to him. I just feel that after a full year of being a full time carer for my husband with ms and missing my family @nd friends so much that I would love to have a few months of normality before I have major surgery . Thankyou fir your response

  • Jaceyduck
    Jaceyduck Member Posts: 8

    Thank you lily Mary for your honest response , that’s what I’m afraid of that my hip wont benefit from any targeted steroid response. I will post later this week what is the outcome of my telephone conversation with a surgeon at my local hospital . I will be in touch thank you x

  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 26,485


    Some people do really well with injections into joints my own ex MIL being one. They last for her up to 6 months!

    We're all different take a look at this thread sorry I don't have a lot of time to search for more....https://community.versusarthritis.org/discussion/comment/676247#Comment_676247

    It may well be worth a try and is a personal choice. I wish so much it had worked for our @Lilymary though ((()))

    You may well have nothing to loose.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on


    Toni xxx
  • Lilymary
    Lilymary Member Posts: 1,038
    edited 21. Mar 2021, 13:50

    Hi @Jaceyduck , while mine didn’t work, definitely give it a go. It was only a moderately painful/uncomfortable process, not enough to put me off having it again had it worked. While it’s a shame mine didn’t help, I would never discourage others from trying it. Even though I got no benefit from it, there were no negative side effects either, so there’s no reason not to try it.

    My surgeon said (and I don’t disagree with him) that their aim is to reduce the pain we experience. For hips, if they can do that with drugs etc, great. If and when that’s not enough, they move to the next level which is guided steroid injections. If those work, they’ll keep doing those until they’re not working either, so then they escalate to the last stage, which is replacing the damaged joint.

    Sadly for me I went straight from 0 to stage 3 in a matter of a few months, drugs just about keep me mobile, and had it not been for the pandemic I would have had surgery long ago and would be skipping in the daisies by now. I should just be grateful that my body kept going for so long with a wrecked hip without telling me about it until it was so bad it actually needed replacing.

    Do give it a go, and I hope it gives you many months of relief.

  • Abigail
    Abigail Member Posts: 6

    I got have a new hip doctor said it was to late for me to have injections as Only last days if that

  • Lilymary
    Lilymary Member Posts: 1,038

    @Abigail , at least your surgeon was realistic about it. That will save weeks, if not months, of the waiting list for the treatment, self isolating beforehand, then a review six weeks after. You can cut out all that malarkey and move on to the next stage. I wish my surgeon had done the same. Might have had my new hip last year in the brief spell between lockdowns when they were doing surgery.

  • Abigail
    Abigail Member Posts: 6

    Yes I didn’t go till I was desperate I can’t walk mutch but still working at moment I don’t no how can’t for mutch longer thanks for reply xx

  • Jaceyduck
    Jaceyduck Member Posts: 8

    Hi everyone, I had the hip injection and although it helped with the pain when not mobile it didn’t reduce the pain when walking as much. I went to see the consultant again the beginning of this month June and he said that thr was now the only option. Since then I’ve had a call from the hospital to offer me the operation on 4 th August! So it’s all systems go now. Am just cone in process of organising carers to come in to look after my husband who is unable to weight bear and is hoisted. My stepson will stay with him while I’m in hospital but I’ll probably need carers in for him for quite a while when listening to the stories of recover.

    Thanks Lilymary for your posts about your recovery, and from others who are posting here it really helps me to get prepared for what to expect. Love the humour as well. I’ll start to post on here myself now I’ve got a date as it certainly helps to read all the information and advise. Hope you are all doing well after your operations. Take care.

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